A lot of things can prompt a change of address – a job opportunity, change in your family situation, or just a yearning for something new. However, before you head off for greener pastures, consider the following questions to ask yourself before moving to a new city.
What are the pros and cons of moving?
Make a pros/cons list to help you recognize exactly what you are in for. Identifying the negative aspects of moving early on can help you find ways to avoid or minimize as many of them as possible. Having a handy list of the positives can give you something to cling to when you are neck deep in cardboard boxes and packing tape wondering why on earth you thought moving was a good idea in the first place.
What is this move going to cost?
This is a big one! Before you move, be sure you know what it is going to cost. If you will be renting, you need to take into consideration not only the monthly rent, but also the security deposit, first and/or last month’s rent, and utilities. If you will be buying a home, you should start by deciding how much you can afford to spend on a house. A good rule of thumb is to assume that your total housing costs should not be more than 28% of your gross income. In either case, you will also need to consider the cost of living in your new city.
What do I need or want in a neighborhood?
What do you enjoy about your current neighborhood? What do you wish was different? Is it important to you to be close to your job, good schools, a church, a shopping mall, or a few good restaurants? Make a list of the things that are most important to you in a neighborhood. You likely won’t be able to get everything on your list, but at least it will give you some ideas about what to look for.
What should I take and what should I leave behind?
Finally, the time has come to start packing. This is a great opportunity to weed out some of the stuff that you have accumulated in your current home but do not truly need. Rather than just packing everything, stop and think about what you really want to take along. If you never use it and do not really need it, consider throwing it away or donating it.
Take the time to consider these questions before moving to a new city and you will find yourself better prepared to take on the challenges that go along with settling into your new home. To find the home that’s right for you, check out Lincoln Property Management’s listings.