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Tough financial times, high prices of real estate, job opportunities, family and friends- we all have had a reason to consider whether to relocate is worth our time or not. There are many factors that go into the decision process when choosing to uproot ourselves and everything we own. Sometimes, we just crave a change of pace or new location. While moving and goodbyes can be tough, much of the time, the move, stress and anxiety that comes with change is very worthwhile and worth leaving your place of familiarity.

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While the concept of a new job may be incredibly alluring, it’s important to acknowledge other non-work related factors that might make you unhappy in a new place such as destination, social, and practical aspects of the move. At the end of the day, success is related to a positive individual and outside of work factors play an impact on your performance. Big life changes can take a few months to really get situated in and you can’t go into the change expecting everything to go a certain way from the get go. You also do not want to make a big change if there is not foreseeable growth in the position you are taking.

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To help make this decision, we broke up the questions to ask yourself into two categories: Practical vs Personal.

Practical

  • Is there job opportunity in the field that I desire to work in?
  • Is it possible to do a trial run of the job prior to committing?
  • Does the job I desire cover the cost of real estate in this city?
  • Is the job a secure position with potential for growth?
  • Is the company in a good place and growing?
  • How would my transportation change and would I need a car?
  • Will my concern over financial spend be greater or less?
  • Are there schools in the area for my children?
  • Do common costs change drastically? (gas, food, water, living, etc.)
  • How far is the move and how much would it cost me?

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Personal

  • Do I know anyone in the new area?
  • Is the weather notably different or different than what I am used to?
  • How much do I mind not knowing anyone in the city?
  • What is the social scene like?
  • Will my children be able to handle the move?
  • Are they at a good stage to be moving? (in summer between grades, etc.)
  • What is the neighborhood/ surrounding area like?
  • Would it be easy for my family or roommates to find work in the area?
  • What are some activities and local areas that I would enjoy visiting?
  • How often would I be able to go back and visit friends and family?
  • Does the city have any activities that align with things I enjoy doing now?

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No matter what the decision may be, always consider your personal well-being and what you truly think is best for you and your family. Usually everything works out the way it’s supposed to.

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Here is another helpful article to gain insight from The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2014/mar/20/relocating-small-business

Written By: Lauren Gronna, Advertising Coordinator

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