If you have reached the point in your life or career where a move is the next step, choosing where to live is an important decision and will affect many aspects of your life moving forward. There are a number of important factors that should be considered when making the choice to move. I have listed some top priorities to consider in this article.
Moving is usually about being more comfortable and putting yourself in a position to advance in life or your career. Determining the cost of living where you are moving is essential to getting an idea of the living standards you will be able to obtain. Cost of living refers to the costs of housing, groceries, transportation, utilities, clothing, entertainment, medical care. You also need to take into account the taxes that you will have to pay. Moving to an area with a lower cost of living may finally allow you to move into those luxury apartments with gyms that you have seen advertised.
Proximity to Family and Friends
Moving is exciting and refreshing, but reality can sometimes set in when you move to a new city and realize that you do not know anyone. If family and friends are important to you and you want to lessen the emotional impact of moving, consider moving to an area that is within driving distance of your friends and family. This will make it easier to visit them during holidays or special moments and for them to come and see you as well.
Economic and Cultural Opportunities
Most moves are usually facilitated by a new job or business opportunity. It is wise to look at the business landscape of your new city and determine if it offers advancement opportunities. Analyze the educational and professional development opportunities. Review the business climate to determine if it’s entrepreneurial. You also want to consider the cultural opportunities your new location will bring. Look at the arts, music, and theater scene. Are there sports teams in the area and parks? There are all questions to be asked.
All places have crime, but not all the same level of crime. Look into the crime statistics of the area prior to moving. You can get this information by contacting local police or researching on Google.
When you consider these factors, you will end up with a nice list of cities that meet your needs. Spend a day visiting. Good luck on your new adventure.