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6 Things to Consider Before Moving to a New Place

Moving to a new place can be both an exciting and stressful experience. The exciting part is all about the potential positive change in terms of living space, opportunities, or other things that matter. The stressful part has a lot to do with finding the right place and going through the logistics associated with changing a home address. To make sure you don’t end up in the wrong place, it’s best practice to thoroughly investigate each of your options. Here are six things to consider before moving to a new place.

1. Assess costs of living

Moving to a place where there are more economic opportunities or a larger selection of entertainment options usually means moving to a more expensive location. To get an understanding of how much money you’ll be spending monthly, research the average costs for apartments or houses in the particular area you’re considering moving to.

For example, consider that the basics such as grocery shopping or grabbing things that you need at home all have their own price tags. Furthermore, housing prices differ from one location to another and will ultimately take up a large chunk of your budget. In addition to housing expenses, make sure to include prices for electricity, water, and even internet service as well as food items at local stores in your calculations. Transportation costs should also be accounted for whether driving, taking public transit or walking most places will be your method of commuting around town.

 2. If employment is an issue, investigate location-specific opportunities

If you will be looking for a new job, checking out the job market before making any commitments to moving somewhere new is perhaps the first thing you should do. If a given location has no employment opportunities, then you will probably want to skip it unless working is not a must to have the quality of life you desire.

If your income is largely dependent on your job, you will want to avoid getting yourself into sticky situations where there are limited jobs available in your field or pay isn’t enough to sustain yourself. Make sure that the perceived opportunities can present growth in your career path.

To investigate employment opportunities, consider reaching out and network with professionals who currently reside closest around the area and gain insider information about what businesses may potentially open up in search of employees soon. One way to do so is by using people search websites. For instance, Nuwber provides a search engine that can help you find phone numbers, addresses, social profiles, and other information useful for finding professionals in a specific area.

3. Check out the housing market

As a general rule, the more desirable a place is considered to be, the more expensive properties it will have. Regardless of the location, unless you really don’t care how much you spend, you will want to know what type of homes are available in the area you’re planning to move to. Since buying a house is a substantial investment, you may want to find out whether housing in the area is expected to become more expensive over time.

Knowing this information will also help you decide whether to rent or buy a home. Some cities have rental markets that are highly competitive with high demand leading to rapid turnover and escalating prices.

4. Learn a few things about a location’s lifestyle and culture

The lifestyle and culture of a new place can significantly impact your overall happiness and sense of belonging. As such, before moving, you may want to consider whether the local culture, social opportunities, and recreational activities align with your interests and values. A city’s vibe, its community spirit, and the lifestyle it supports can be just as important as practical considerations like employment and housing. These considerations are especially important if you’re moving to a very different place, such as a different country.

To learn if a location has what you need in terms of entertainment, start by exploring the cultural scene of the area. This might include its arts and music scene, local culinary specialties, annual events, and festivals. Areas with a lot of cultural activities offer more opportunities for entertainment and socializing, which can be important for engaging with your new community.

5. Check out the healthcare system

Before packing up and moving, it’s best practice to also learn about the health services available in the location of interest. For example, it’s useful to know if there are clinical facilities nearby that can meet all sorts of clinical treatment needs.

Not only should there be enough clinics but also enough specialists too, as sometimes even getting routine treatments requires seeing a specialist. It’s also worth looking into what people say about the place, as well as what insurance options they have.

6. Get information on the education system

If you have children or are pursuing education, you will want to know as much as possible about the quality and availability of educational offers in the new location. Educational review websites, forums, and local community groups can offer insights from parents and students who have first-hand experience with these institutions.

If you’re interested in higher education or professional development, explore the availability of universities, colleges, and vocational schools in the area. Consider the range of programs offered, the institutions’ accreditation status, and opportunities for networking and internships in your field of interest.

Bottom line: Never rush when picking a new home

Moving to a new place is an important decision that can significantly impact your lifestyle for a long time. As such, it’s not a decision to be made before a careful investigation of different aspects of the new location is done. Quite often, the more time you spend considering your options, the more likely it is that the decision will be the best one.

Finally, when there are multiple variables to investigate, consider prioritizing. In other words, start eliminating location options that don’t have the things you care the most about. Then, make the list smaller and smaller until you end up with the option that seems to be the most promising one.


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Kaya Wittenburg

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Kaya Wittenburg is the Founder and CEO of Sky Five Properties. Since the age of 10, real estate has been deeply ingrained into his thoughts. With world-class negotiation and deal-making skills, he brings a highly impactful presence into every transaction that he touches.

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