8 Questions to Ask Before Relocating:

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You just got offered a job in a new city or state that requires relocating, how do you know if this is worth the hassle of moving and relocating?  Here are some essential questions to ask yourself before making the big move.

   1.   How will this affect my relationship?

If you are single, this won’t matter as much.  You can do what you want and can travel across the country if you wanted to.  If you are in a relationship or married then you need to consider how this will affect your spouse or significant other.

  • Would long distance relationship be an option?
  • How do they feel about moving to this area?
  • Will they be happy?
  • Is a job available for them there?
  • What would they have to give up?
  • Will they consider it?

  2.     Where exactly will we live?

One thing to always consider is the exact location you will live. Will you be relocated to the suburbs or in the heart of the city? If you are used to a small house in the suburbs and they want you to move to a busy metro city, there will be some adjustments to be made.  How is traffic like there?  Is it noisy? Are you going to have to drive 30 – an hour to get to work? It’s good to check out the location and not to trust the brochures and commercials you will seearound, make sure you and your family will be happy and safe.

    3.    What school would your kids be going to?

It is important to keep in mind what school your kids or even future kids would be going to school at.  Make sure it is a solid school district that is close by and will give your kids a great experience and opportunity.  A few factors to check on, that your kids will be interacting with high-quality teachers, reputation of the school, and the safety of the school.  The school your kids go to is a crucial factor for their learning experience and future success.

    4.    What is there to do nearby?

You can always choose the option of watching TV all day, but if that isn’t enough make sure there are some attractions nearby, especially if you have kids.  This means to check if there are national parks close by, parks, clubs, and amusement parks.  It is great to check on any summer clubs close by to have your kids join to keep them busy.  Making sure there is entertainment for you family nearby will help for a great transition for you and your family.

    5.    Is it a safe neighborhood?

To make sure you and your family is safe, you can always check the local crime statistics and you can even check the registered sex offenders in the area. This is important and necessary to consider even though it may be difficult. Also consider if you would need to get an alarm system in the area.

6.    Is the cost of living different?

You may be offered a pay raise, but that is not always an upgrade, consider the cost of living. Will it be more expensive to buy a gallon of milk at the grocery store? Do you have to travel longer distances to get places? Is the rent more expensive? Consider all parts for the cost of living to make sure that you are actually getting an upgrade and don’t end up sacrificing things you are used to.

7.    What are we leaving behind?

One thing that is more difficult to address is what you are leaving behind, great day care? Nanny? Community events? Good schools? Close neighbors?  Family? Are you leaving behind a support system that will hurt your relationships?  If your mom is always there to watch your kids in emergencies or just if you need a night out, what will you do in your new location?  You can always make new friends, but will you be happy?  Family is very important, consider if you and your kids will still be able to get to know their grandma, uncles, cousins, etc. If you don’t visit as much as it is, then just visiting on the major holidays isn’t a big change.

8.    Is this a good change to make in the long run? 

In the long run once the adjustments are made and you can feel at home, is this a good move? If this is a big step in your career and it looks like once your family gets used to the adjustments they will be just as happy, if not more.  It’s crucial to consider your family’s happiness after the adjustment.  Will your kids be able to get involved with the things they love at the new location?  Is this job a life changer? Moving is not a short fix, but a big investment that requires much consideration. Pay attention to your neighborhood, schools, attractions, and safety.


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