Moving can cause anxiety, but it can also be exciting. Whether you are one or the other, both, or unsure of what you are, take some time to think about it. Before you move to any new city, you should know why you want to move. Below, we will go over some questions that you need to ask yourself BEFORE you simply choose a new town or city.
What schools are in the area?
If you have children, this question should be one of the first ones that you ask. You do not want your children to end up at a school with subpar ratings. Before you move, take a look at the school system and learn more about the options that are available. It will also help to find out any deadlines to apply, etc.
What are the closest amenities?
If you enjoy getting out of the house, you should check to see how far away the local mall is. Or how far the local park is from your home. If you are someone who like to take your children to the park, you may not enjoy your new city, if there are no parks or the closest one is 30 minutes away.
What is the weather like year round?
If you are set in your ways and you need to live somewhere where the sun always shines or somewhere where it snows, then you need to think about the local weather of the city you plan to move to. For example, if you want it to snow a couple months of the year, you should not move to Florida. Likewise, if you want hot summers, you do not want to move to Maine where it snows a lot.
What are the locals like?
Unfortunately, not all cities or towns have neighbors and locals who are nice or accommodating. You should take some time to learn about the area and take a trip and meet with locals to see how they respond to your presence.
In addition, if you do not want to live in a tourist city, make sure you choose one that does not cater to tourism. For example, in Florida, Clearwater Beach caters to tourists, so you would want to avoid that area and choose another city or beach that is not focused on tourism.
What is the cost of living?
Some cities may seem like a good option at first, but if you cannot afford food or rent, what is the point? You need to take a step back and consider what the actual cost of living in the area is.
Also, evaluate whether or not you will even be able to find a job here. If you have not already been offered a job, you may not the new city to be welcoming to new job applicants.
It helps to research the city you plan to move to. This will prevent any quick decisions that lead to unhappiness and disappointment in your new city or town.