Finding a new place to call home
There may be several reasons that you want to move away from your current location. You may have recently graduated from high school or college.
You may have recently gotten divorced or lost a job. Or maybe you are just ultimately unfulfilled in your current environment. Regardless of the reason, there are several things to consider, and questions to answer, when you are looking to find a new place to call home.
One of the major deterrents to moving long distances is that you will be leaving your friends and family behind. It doesn’t matter that you hate certain things about your current area. There will be people, and some things, that you will find difficult to leave.
Many people find that when they do move away from friends and relatives it is very rare that they will come to visit you. It appears the thought process is that you are the one who left, so it is up to you to come back to visit. So expecting that they will come to you may be far fetched in most instances. But, with that being said, the world has become a smaller place in the past decade and you have several new ways that you can communicate with those who aren’t right next to you.
Find New Ways to Communicate After Your Move
- Most cell phone plans now have unlimited minutes and do not charge for long distance inside the continental US. So, make a phone call!
- Skype and Facetime are two free and easy ways that you can add your loved one’s face into what is, essentially, a phone call.
- Bring back snail mail. You may not always find it interesting to swap texts back and forth to update your daily life but who doesn’t love to get a handwritten letter in the mail from time to time? It is meaningful and unique.
- Off season plane tickets are not that expensive. Catch the red-eye on a three day weekend for the cost of two new work outfits. You shouldn’t have to worry about hotel fares and car rentals if you are visiting friends and family.
- Take them with you. If you are persuasive enough, or have the means, you can make your new home adventure that much better by bringing a friend or aging parent with you for your journey.
Once you understand that you will be able to stay in contact with those that you cannot let go you will be able to more clearly focus on the benefits of finding a new home town. You will be able to create your own space, be truly independent, and surround yourself with the environment of your choosing. To be optimally successful, however, you need to know a few things about yourself and what you really want out of “home”. Moving can be disruptive, stressful, and cost prohibitive. You do not want to be uprooting your life every 6 months.
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What are You Looking for with this Move?
Here are some questions you should be able to answer before you move:
- What type of weather do you prefer?
- Do you need 4 distinct seasons or is perma-summer/winter good for you?
- Do you want to live in a big city or in the country?
- Do you like a more modern city or one with historic roots?
- Is it important that you are near lakes or the ocean?
- Do you like to visit the mountains?
- Do you need to be close to the forest?
- Should you concern yourself with crime rates and quality schools?
- What is the cost of living that you can afford?
- Is there an ample market for your profession?
- What types of entertainment/night life do you enjoy?
If you are able to answer these questions then you have a decent foundation to start looking for a place. Take your time. If your new location can check all the listed boxes then you may have found your own personal paradise.
Don’t get too lost into dreamland, however. Every place will have some getting used to. When the honeymoon phase wears off you will inevitably have some gripes. After all, people wouldn’t appreciate the sun if they never felt the rain. And Vise Versa. Another important thing to keep in mind when considering this daunting endeavor is that your current hometown isn’t going anywhere. If you go somewhere, try it out, and realize that you made a huge mistake then you can always go back. Just be sure not to burn any bridges on your way out of town.
Get Started on Your Next Move
- Take the survey at FindYourSpot.com. It takes about 15 minutes and can give you a quick list of cities that might suite your preferences.
- Research those cities for salaries and crime rates. Use Google. It will give you more references than I can fit into this bullet point list. Make sure you aren’t moving to a beautiful place with a failing economy and a gang problem.
- Search for job openings on LinkedIn. It’s easy. They show quality openings from all over the country and allow you to submit your resume from their site. You may find some good opportunities within a city that you are already taking interest in.
- Consider the distance from your old home. In my experience, the closer the better. You might find that paradise is only an hour away. This makes moving cheaper and keeping in touch easier.
- Compare the cost of living in each new place. Making $100,000 a year in rural Oregon isn’t the same thing as making $100,000 a year in San Francisco. BestPlaces.net is a good resource for getting this information.
- Look at local event calendars for each community. See if they have things that interest you or if it is the type of place you could feel comfortable meeting new people in. You might move to Florida because you think it’s all Miami and end up in a retirement village outside of Tallahassee.
- Take a short trip to your top candidates. Experience as much time in each place as possible before making your choice. It is a big decision and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Never take moving to a new place lightly. There will be obstacles but there will also be many, many opportunities. Do your research. Once you have decided where your new home will be you can begin planning your move.
We have several resources that can help you do that at Olympic Moving & Storage. Call us now or fill out our simple form for a free quote!
Have you ever moved out and started fresh? Tell us about it in the comments!
About the Author
Elijah is a marketing evangelist and relocation specialist. He writes regularly for Olympic Moving & Storage and Bekins Northwest. He has also been featured on several of the industry’s most authoritative blogs as a guest writer. You are welcomed to contact Elijah in the comment sections below his posts, on his LinkedIn page, and on Twitter.
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