Should You Move? Where to?

The process of relocation is a big thing to consider. One does not arbitrarily decide to move, especially in today's economic environment and it is very important to consider all of the pros and cons of a move. Seeking advice on this topic can be tricky because everyone has different motivations and reasonings for moving. However, there are general categories that most people fall into when they begin thinking of moving.

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Family: One of the biggest considerations a person takes into account when they move is family. Some people which to move to be closer to family, others to be further away. Still others are looking for the place they will start family in. If you fall under this category then there are several things to consider in your decision:

  • Distance from relatives and parents
  • If your current home is already sufficient for starting a family
  • If the home you purchase will be sufficient for the type of family you wish to have

If you are looking for a little distance then you should also consider if you are the type of person to feel homesick, as this should be taken into account when you move. When considering the home you want your children to grow up in you need to take into account that once you start having children the likelihood of you being able to simply move again is not high. Schools, neighborhood safety, and work availability are all things that should be considered when purchasing a home that is expecting children.

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Careers: Another big reason people move is for their careers. This type of motivation allows the mover to have a much larger range of options and considerations when looking into a new home. There are a few factors to take into the greatest amount of consideration when looking to buy for this reason:

  • Proximity to your place of business
  • Price ranges
  • Neighborhood conditions and life

If you are someone who wishes to be close to work, no matter what, then you must be willing to live in the neighborhood your place of business resides in. The buyer has to consider distance when looking at prices as well. Most work is in the city and many people prefer suburban homes, especially if they have children. If this is your case you must be willing to make a longer commute than if you lived in the city, where the commute is shorter but the prices are higher.

Take into account all of your options and motivations when thinking about moving. If you are unsure of if you would be happy with a move then don't move. Wait until you know what you want to do and what you looking for. Buying a new home is something to consider carefully and anything less than the utmost consideration could lead to a disaster or a miserable consequence.

If you are unsure of where to move but know that you definitely want to, look around. Drive through neighborhoods you think you might like. If you are planning to move to a new city or state take a Google Earth tour and see if it looks like it may be the right fit for you. Whatever you choose, just make sure it's truly what you want.

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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada

Interesting and well laid out. You have provided much food for thought for anyone thinking of relocating.

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Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you!

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