You’re always one decision away from a totally different life.
It’s exciting to bring a different scenery and lifestyle to your life by taking a huge step to another city or state. Life is about change and it’s great that we expand our experiences and knowledge if that means being in totally new environment. We all have our different reasonings for a big move such as this, but it’s important to make big decisions with a rightful mind and a responsible plan. Here are five important questions to reflect on to help you plan and prepare for this significant, new chapter.
5 questions to ask yourself before moving to new city
1. Can you afford it?
It’s important to do your heavy research on the cost of living in the city you’re moving to. Although it may be obvious, it’s crucial that your finances and budgets are in place. Also, keep in mind that the moving process also takes a financial toll as well. It’s also a good idea to over budget to give more wiggle room in your wallet.
2. Is this city my lifestyle?
Have you already been to this city you’re moving to? Have you visited neighborhoods? Did you like the culture and way of life? Obviously, there must be something special about this city that’s itching for you to make the move but being sure that the city is what you’re ideal of quality life is is all that matters. Be sure to do your research on school systems (if you have a kid), modes of transportation, along with lifestyle, weather, food, entertainment, etc. You need to see yourself happy in this new environment!
3. How does the job market look like?
If you don’t already have a job lined up, I highly recommend you do some research on your field of work and the demand for it. It’s crucial to know this because you want to have some kind of financial plan when asking for a specific salary in your work industry.
4. What are my plans and goals?
Take the time to plan out a timeline from daily, weekly, and monthly. When will you be moving? What are your long and short goals? How long do you plan on living there? Is this a permanent move? Keep in mind that things change and nothing is guaranteed but it’s great to have a plan and focus to keep you enthusiastic about the purpose you plan on pursuing in this new city.
5. Does this feel like a right move?
Weigh out your pros and cons on paper, take a step back, and look at the bigger picture. Is this move something you’ll benefit from? Trust your gut and have the right reasons to pursue this. It might be a bit nerve-wracking and overwhelming at first, but you’ll never know till you actually make the big move.