Things to Consider When Thinking About Moving

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Making Your Move

Moving is one of the biggest life changes that there is. It’s not only a grueling task, but it can sometimes be traumatic. However, with careful planning and preparation, it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Below are a few things to consider when preparing for a move – provided by

Career and Cost of Living

If you already know where you’re going and have a job lined up, you have a good head start. If you have the luxury of choosing your new location, looking at the job market and cost of living will be at the top of your list. Do you plan to stick with a particular career, or are your employment options flexible?


Whether choosing your city or not, schools are an important consideration if you have children. How good are the schools in your district? How close are they to where you will live? If you don’t like the schools in your district, will you be able to get permission for them to go to a different school? If so, it’s likely that you will have to make transportation arrangements for them unless you’re able to transport them to and from school yourself.


Taking a look at the crime rate in the area where you’re moving is another important consideration. You will want to feel safe in and around your home. This is an even more important consideration if you have young children. There are websites that allow you to check on crime within your area and, in particular, to find out if there are sexual predators living nearby.

Know Your Neighbors

Talk to your prospective neighbors before choosing your new home. Not only can they give you insight into what the neighborhood is like, but you will be living very close to them. You may love the house, but will you love the people next door? If not, you may want to look elsewhere.


Finding a home near your job will naturally save you time as well as money in the cost of fuel and wear and tear on your vehicle. If you don’t have a vehicle, you may want to look into public transportation in the area and how much extra time it will mean in your commute.

Shopping, Entertainment and Churches

How close are shopping centers to where you’ll be living? What about churches or places of worship? What kinds of entertainment is nearby? If you have young children, you probably won’t want to move next to a bar or strip club. Parks, movie theaters, and family friendly entertainment will be the types of things you’ll be more likely to want to look for.

Packing and Preparation

Once you know where you’re heading, it’s time to start packing. Whether you’re hiring a moving company or renting a van or trailer, it’s always best to check prices and often less expensive to pay in advance. Planning ahead of time whether you will be cleaning the residence you’re vacating or hiring someone else to do it is will also save you unnecessary last minute headaches.

New Beginnings

While moving can certainly be stressful, it can also be a wonderful way to make a fresh start and get a new perspective on life. You can be sure that it’s more likely to be a pleasant experience if you have taken the time to plan ahead.

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Sarah Pinkerton

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