It is said that somewhere around 40 million adults in America will switch the location of their home at least once in their lifetime. Many of us are creatures of comfort that prefer to keep to within an hour or two of our original home. But over the last few years, there has been an increasing number of Americans choosing to relocate to a completely different area.
Relocating to an unknown area can be a big exciting and somewhat scary experience. But with the proper preparations, it can be less scary and more exciting.
Here are 5 Things to Consider When Moving to a New Location
Cost of Living
A big change in location can mean a difference in the cost of living. Numbers can vary significantly even from just a few hours away from your current location. It is important to look into the cost of living before making the big plans of moving to a brand new place.
“You want to make sure that you are getting the best price for a home as well in a location that you have little knowledge of by researching the median home prices in addition to the average cost of homes in the exact location and neighborhood you hope to settle into. It can be easy for someone who does not know an area to overpay for a home when they have not done enough research about the fair market value of homes in the area.” – Forgotten Coast Florida Realtors®
Typical Daily Life Needs
It is easy to get caught up and put all of your attention into finding a nice house in a good-looking neighborhood, but you also want to make sure that the things you utilize on a daily basis will be available to you in the new location.
“When people think about this, they tend to think about schools for their children. This is a great consideration, but you’ll also want to take into account the things that you and your family like to do or utilize on a daily and weekly basis as well.” – by Milburn and Short Hills NJ Realtors®
How close is the nearest grocery store? Is there a good amount of healthcare providers in the area? What about local hospitals? Many times, people do not consider healthcare and emergency healthcare and how readily available and reliable it is in an area unless they are in a position in their life where they use these items regularly.
At some point, you will need to go to the dentist or visit the emergency room. These are important aspects to know about for everyone, not just those that need more medical attention than the average person.
The Job Market
If you are not relocating due to a job opportunity, or your job asking you to relocate, you will want to make sure that there is plenty of work available in the area in which you are interested in this new location.
“You want to make sure that the business sector is well and thriving in the area that you plan to move to. You don’t want to move to an area only to find out that the unemployment rate is high or will be shortly leaving you scrambling to make ends meet.” Marcus Brown, Portland Realtor®
Quality of Life
One thing to check into is the culture of the area the available fun activities and what most people like to do in their off time in the area. You want to make sure you will fit into life and acclimate well.
“Life in this new area may be completely different from what you are used to currently. Make sure that this is a chance you will be comfortable and happy-making, or if it’ll make you homesick for your old location.” – Desert Color Realtor in St. George
The Local Government
This is often not thought about (until maybe recently) for many people who choose to relocate to a completely brand-new area. But you want to check into how involved the local government officials are in the area and the pride that the community takes in creating a nice quality of life and community atmosphere for the people that live within the town.
“Are there plenty of public parks? Are they well-kept up? Does the city hold fun local festivals to bring the community together? Is there pride and involvement in local school sports and activities? These are all things that can greatly impact the overall quality and community of a town.” Tampa Bay Commercial Realtor®
You want to make sure that the local government is one that supports and works for the people and not just gets by on the bare minimum.