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5 Things to Think About Before You Move to a New Area

This news story was published on April 29, 2020.
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Whether you want a change of lifestyle or need a boost to your career, there are lots of reasons you might be considering moving to a new area. However, the decision to move to a new city, state or even country is not one you can take lightly, so here are some things to consider before you take the plunge. 


  • What the New Area Can Offer You


Many people move because they’re unhappy living in their current area but consider what the new area will give you that you can’t get in your current city. After you’ve lived in the same place for a long time, you can get bored and lose appreciation for things. Think about the pros and cons of your current city versus the new one.


  • Your Job Prospects


Unless you’re moving to a new area due to retirement, it’s important to consider your long-term career prospects. It’s worth looking up the average salaries for the state, what jobs are available and whether you’ll be able to build a career there. 

Many people move because they have a job offer, and while this takes some of the pressure off, you should also think about the future, such as:

  • What might happen if you dislike your new employer?
  • If the company folds, will there be other career opportunities?
  • Is there potential career growth in this new area, or will it be a dead end? 
  • Will there be opportunities to network with other people in your industry?

Consider whether the move will be an overall positive for your career, or whether it could do damage in the long term.


  • What Property You Can Afford


You’ll also need to consider where you’ll live when you move and what kind of property might be within your budget range. It’s worth searching for rental property with First Star Realty, so you can see what you can afford based on the average salary in the area. Most people rent when they move to a new area, so they can decide whether they like the place before they put down permanent roots. You may also want to look at property prices for future reference in case you decide to buy.


  • Family and Relationships


It’s worth considering the effect of moving your family and relationships. If you currently live close to extended family, it can be hard to move away. And, if you have a spouse or children, they will have their own opinions on moving and leaving friendships behind. Consider how you’ll manage with the separation. How often will you be able to visit family and how will you make new friends?


  • Your Living Costs and Lifestyle


It’s not just rent or mortgage that you need to consider when deciding whether to move. You should look at the average living costs in the area and think about the kind of lifestyle you’ll lead. For example, you won’t want to move to an amazing city if you can’t afford to enjoy it. Try to pick somewhere where you’ll have a better lifestyle than you do now.

When you decide to move to a new area, there are a lot of things to think about, so do your research and weigh up the pros and cons before you start packing. 


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