Questions to Ask Before Moving

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General Moving

The decision to move is often a lengthy process.  Whether you want a new home or are required to move for a job, the time and effort needed to complete a move necessitates answering a lot of questions.  Here are some of the most important queries you should ponder before making a move.

Should I move?

While this may seem like an easy question, some people do not think their relocation through fully.  You may jump at the chance to switch things up, or maybe make up your mind in the heat of the moment. But moving is expensive and time consuming, so you will want to contemplate whether it is the right decision for you.  Some of the important considerations in answering this question are do you funds to move?  You will need to cover the cost of moving your things, finding a new home, and many other expenses that pop up in the process.  If you are not in a place of financial security, especially if you are thinking of moving a great distance, it may not be to your benefit to move.  You will also want to consider if you have employment opportunities.  Some people decide to move, and decide quickly because that big break in their career comes up.  This can be a great reason to move.  But if you do not have a job lined up in your new location, or you do not have many prospective employment opportunities, you could find yourself in a bind financially.  You should also determine why you want to move.  Did something happen with the neighbor that infuriated you and you’ll be over it in a week, or are you moving because it will benefit yourself and your family?  Moving should not be rushed into because you don’t want to regret your decision halfway through the process.  It is important to weigh the pros and cons of moving.  You may love the community or home you are in, but if you have the opportunity to better your career or be near better schools it might be worth packing up.  If what you will gain by moving outweighs what you will lose, it is a good indication that you should relocate.

Where do I want to move?

For some, this question is easy.  If you are moving for work or being permanently reassigned by the military, the decision has been made for you to a certain degree.  For others, particularly those looking for a new job or retiring, you may have more leeway in where to relocate.  You should decide if you want to stay close to where you currently reside or if you desire to spread your wings and try out a completely different location further away.  A short distance move will be cheaper and make the home search process easier.  Other people want to get away or have opportunities in a different state or maybe even overseas.  These long distance moves will be more expensive and bring up challenges that aren’t present with a move of a shorter distance.  Regardless of how near or far you will be going, it is important to determine the general area you want to live in.  Doing research into different communities will help guide your search for a new home and may allow you to look into homes on the internet to narrow down which ones to visit.

What is my budget?

Before you fall in love with the dream home you can’t afford, it is important to determine how much you can spend on your new home.  This important financial decision must be a first step in your house hunt.  It will help you and your relator find you the home you want in the price range you can afford.  The budgeting does not stop at the house price though.  You also will want to factor in the cost of living in your desired location.  Some places may cost less than your current community, but others may be far more expensive.  If you cannot afford to live in your desired location you will need to determine if there is somewhere close you would consider or if it isn’t the right time to move.

What do I want in my home?

Different people have different needs in a home.  Someone living alone may do just fine with a condo, while a family of four will probably need more space.  Determining the ideal number of bedrooms and bathrooms is a good place to start.  While you might not get everything you want in your home, making a wish list and prioritizing those features is a good idea.  You may find a home with a huge yard and a pool, but if it has no fence and is on a busy street, you may want to forego those amenities for more peace and quiet.  It is also important to consider what you want in a neighborhood.  While there may be a beautiful home, if it is not in a good neighborhood or school district, it might not fit your needs or the needs of your family.  We all want an aesthetically pleasing dwelling, but the most beautiful home may not be the best home for you.

If you are considering moving, it is important to recognize that along the way you will need to answer many questions.  What day you’ll move, the moving company you’ll hire, and what to bring.  Before you get to those details, you should sit down and think through why you’re moving and what you want to gain by moving.  Being thoughtful about your move and your motivation for moving will help you assess what you need in your new community and will help get you excited for your future in your new home.

 

 

 

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