Whether it’s a change of view or a change of pace that is driving you to pack up shop and move, choosing the next place to put down your roots can be tough. If you know that you want to move, but aren’t entirely sure where to move to, then it’s time to explore your needs and preferences and start researching your options!
Here are five key factors to consider when you’re deciding where to live!
What kind of career opportunities are there?
You may be moving to a new place to start a new job; you may be keeping your old job and transitioning to working remotely. Either way, you should keep employment opportunities in mind. Even if you plan to stay with your current company, eventually you may want to make a change and at the point, you’ll need to have connections in your industry and opportunities to grow and continue on with your career path.
Can you afford to live there?
The first thing to consider is affordability: moving to a place where you will be able to live comfortably based on your income and lifestyle is paramount to your happiness. If you choose a neighborhood that’s too pricey for you, you’ll spend the next several years watching a strained bank account and stressing out over minor expenses instead of enjoying and exploring your new environment.
In order to figure out what you can afford, look at your monthly income.
Many experts suggest spending 30% or less of your take-home pay, post taxes, on your housing. If you’re renting, you should be able to figure out what your monthly housing payments are pretty easily by simply checking rental websites. Just be sure to budget for utilities, like gas and cable, and you’ll have your ideal monthly housing cost figured out!
If you’re buying a home, it might be a little harder to estimate your monthly expenses. Talk to your bank or loan officer about what you will be expected to pay per month based on how much money you borrow, and don’t forget about additional costs:
- HOA fees
- Mortgage insurance
- Property insurance
You want to be able to enjoy your life in your new town, right? That’s why the affordability of your potential new city or town is vital in making your decision. Read up on the different areas that intrigue you, check rental and home sale websites, and talk with friends and family in the area to decide if you can afford to relocate there.
Does your new city fit your lifestyle?
Another important factor to consider is your lifestyle and cultural expectations of your new environment. Think about the things that you like to do in any given week: if this list includes going out to eat, visiting museums, and attending plays or concerts, then you’ll want to make sure that your new city or town has all of these things easily accessible. Also think of the activities and events that your current area doesn’t offer, like dog parks or running trails.
Once you have an idea of what type of activities and amenities you’ll want to have in the vicinity, be sure to only look at towns and cities that offer those things. If you prefer a quieter day-to-day lifestyle, with activities accessible on the weekends, a small city or town outside of a larger city would be a good fit. If you’re into a rural lifestyle, check out smaller towns further away from major metro areas.
What is the forecast saying in your potential new neighborhood?
Consider the weather and climate in your search unless you’d like to unexpectedly end up in an area that experiences the warm sun one month out of the year. Keep in mind that climate and weather are slightly different:
- Day-to-day conditions
- Example: humidity and rain
- Look to the forecast by your local weatherman
- Season-to-season changes
- Example: overall precipitation and average temperatures
- Colder regions may not have as much of a summer as you’d like to have, making winters longer. If that’s not your cup of tea, stick to the warmer regions!
Other things to consider when it comes to weather and climate are things like plowing your driveway after a snowfall and regular lawn maintenance. This could also impact your vehicle if you don’t have covered parking at your new place.
Keep safety in mind
Safety is another key factor to consider when choosing a new dwelling place. Research your area’s crime rate—some places in the country may have a pretty high crime rate one block over from a place you’re considering, where there isn’t much crime: keep that in mind and take a look at the town as a whole before you make a decision.
When you’re ready to move, give us a call at Summit Moving & Storage! Whether you’re moving long distance, or just a town over, we’re here to lend a helping hand. If you have questions, or would like a quote, give us a call at 604-626-0954!