Thinking about moving to a new part of the country or just to a new home? Moving can be quite time consuming and expensive, so ask yourself the following questions to determine if it’s the right move.

1. Why am I moving?

Sounds like a basic questions, but you want to make sure you know the reasoning behind your move and if a move makes sense at this point of time. Are you moving for a career? Then make sure that your job is solid and worth it before you make the leap. Decide what you want to accomplish and think about short and long-term goals.

2. Do I have enough money to move?

Sometimes we get so excited about what’s coming up that we forget about the finances. Unfortunately moving costs money. Besides the purchase price of a home or the monthly rent you might want to hire a professional moving company or get a truck rental and maybe even some insurance.

3. What’s the job & real estate market like in the new location?

Having the desire to live in your favorite city is great, but if the salary for comparable jobs doesn’t match with what you need or want, you might think twice about moving there. This is especially important if you move to a city where the housing market hits record highs.

4. Do I have any family or friends nearby?

Moving into a new city often means leaving family or friends behind. For some of us getting to meet new people and exploring new things feels very exciting. But moving – especially when doing so alone – can also be an isolating experience. If you feel anxious and uneasy when thinking of leaving your family, it might not be the right time at this point in your life.

5. When is the best time of year to move?

If you are renting, the rents may fluctuate depending on the time of year and specific move-in dates might not be available. If you are buying the house hunting process might take longer than you expect and the actual closing could be delayed due to certain circumstances. Depending on where you currently live or where you plan to move to you might want to consider the weather changes as well – no one wants to move during 110°F or snow.

By: Patricia Madigan

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