Moving states is a big decision in your life. It’s not a choice you should make overnight. It’s best to analyze your options thoroughly before making the decision. Having traveled to all the continental states, we know first hand that all the states are different. Not one of them is perfect for everyone because what you want is going to vary from what I want. Spend some time thinking about what you are looking for and making a big move will be easier.
If you are contemplating switching states, what questions should you ask yourself? Here is a helpful guide to get you started on the path to moving.
The Move Itself
Moving states is a big ordeal. It’ll take up a lot of your time and energy and you’ll need to start planning early. Once you decide that you are going to move to a new state, don’t wait to start packing. Begin the packing process right away so you can get rid of what you don’t want to take along with you. As you go through your belongings, think about what you really need to take with you. This is the perfect time to get rid of unused possessions. Moving long distances will require you to think about getting your stuff to the new state. The less things you have, the easier it will be to get them to the new state.
There is many ways to make a long distance move. If you can afford a moving company, then this is a pretty easy process. We used a shipping company that dropped a container for us to pack up. Then they shipped it to the new state and we unpacked it. We have also just rented a box truck and driven it ourselves. However you choose to move your belongings, there will be a physical work cost and a monetary cost. The less you have to move the cheaper it will be, so it makes sense to get rid of junk.
What Appeals to You
You’ll also want to make a list of possible locations and places where you want to live. Consider what appeals to you and do your homework to review why others enjoy living in certain areas. For example, if Arizona is on your list then you should check out articles that talk about the area. Like this one that is about the fun reasons for moving to Chandler Arizona. Articles like this can give you a small taste of what it might be like to live in different towns. Find out why people enjoy living in the areas you’re considering and think about if you can see yourself living there with your family.
Before moving states, you’re also going to want to think about your career and employment opportunities in the new area. Talk to your boss and see if there’s any possibility to relocate your job to your new state if you like where you work and what you do. If not, take the time to research the job market and what opportunities are available. You and your spouse will want to make sure you can make a good living and afford to reside in your new location before picking up and moving.
It’s ideal if at least one of you has a stable job lined up before moving so you know you’ll be comfortable living in your new home. It can be daunting moving to a new state with no employment lined up. If you can arrange to have a job upon arrival, it will be one less thing to stress about.
Your Family Life
Another consideration as you think about moving states is how close you want to be to other family members. For instance, maybe you want to move closer to your parents or a sibling. Locations close to family may be more attractive to you. The other side of this is being far away from family. If you move thousands of miles from all your family, they will probably not fly to see you regularly. That can be a deal breaker for some, so make sure both you and your spouse are on the same page. Distance from family is just another thing to consider before making a large move.
Think about your interests and what a new state might have to offer in the form of entertainment or other activities. We all live life in our own way, so make sure you will be content in your new state. The internet is great for looking into hobby groups or community events. If you are into gardening, pick a place with a good growing season and local gardening clubs. Think about the activities you enjoy and see what there is to do in the potential new state. We love going to museums and would check to see what is within a few hours drive. Whatever you love doing, make sure your new state has that going on. Go check out the must-see places in the states that are on your list of possibilities to get a better idea of the location.
You’ll also want to review and think about what the weather will be like in your new state. The weather may be a non-negotiable for you and you might want to ensure that you live somewhere warm and sunny versus snowy and cold. On the other hand, maybe you’re someone who enjoys the change of seasons and wants to live in a location where Mother Nature is changing frequently throughout the year. It comes down to personal preference and what you like to do in your free time and what types of clothes you want to wear and invest in.
You should also consider your kid’s educational needs. If your children are in private or public school, how are the schools rated in the states you’re thinking about moving to. Even if you home-school, you will need to do some research. Every state has different home school laws, so make sure you can continue schooling how you want before you move. Think through what needs your kids have and if this new location will be able to meet those when it comes to their development and education.
Cost of Living
You may also want to think about the cost of living and your future expenses before you move states. Get an idea of what your household costs will be and then think through other expenses such as groceries, gas, and what utilities will cost in your new location. Another aspect and cost you’ll want to add to your list are healthcare expenses. It may help to come up with a tentative budget and see if it’s how you want to live and what you want to spend. Cost of living is an important factor since it can vary so much between each state.
Moving to a new state is a big decision. The more you research, the less stress you will have when you make the move. Start doing your research and homework early, so you can avoid feeling rushed or pressured into making a final decision. Keep thinking about why you want to move to a new state. What are your goals for making the move? The more effort you spend on figuring out what you want from your new state, the more likely you will be happy after the move. Keep in mind though that no place is perfect. Your task is to find the place that is perfect for you and your family.
Thinking of traveling full time? Well you still should do your research. Think about all the challenging changes you will face.