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Should you move this year?

Once in a while, everyone gets stuck in a rut. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. After a while, the same surroundings start to bore us. Or you may have some issues that can only be solved by a change of scenery. Maybe you’re not satisfied with your country, and you’re considering moving abroad? Whatever the reason, the solution might be relocating. Of course, this isn’t a decision you should come to lightly. Remember, a relocation is a pretty big decision, and you shouldn’t do it without a lot of planning and thought. And most importantly, ask yourself: should you move right now? Is that really a good idea?

Will your problems be solved by moving?

No matter what your reasons are, the fact that you’re thinking about moving means that you’ve got some issues with your current lifestyle. But before you turn to such a dramatic change, think about one thing, is there something else you can rearrange in your life? Because, while moving may be great, remember, it’s a giant leap to make. And no-one guarantees that this will solve your problems in the long run.

So, take a step back and evaluate your life. Can you change something right now, without relocating? Because that’s definitely a game-changer. But are there any half-measures that could help you, without completely disrupting your life? Of course, the answer may very well be no. And in that case, you should start to prepare for your upcoming move as soon as you can. Maybe all you need is an entirely fresh start and some new opportunities.

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There are a lot of questions to ask yourself before moving!

Can you handle a relocation financially?

When we mentioned that a relocation is a major decision in your life, we weren’t kidding. And not just in an emotional sense, though that plays a big role as well. In fact, one aspect of moving that people often neglect is money. To put it simply, a relocation isn’t a cheap endeavor. You’ll be paying for everything from moving fees to the cost of shipping your car. So, should you move if you’re not sure if you can afford it? No, not before you know what you’re dealing with. Before you put a down payment on your new place and relocate, we recommend thoroughly examining your finances.

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Make sure your finances can handle a relocation!

Unexpected expenses

Why? Well, because moving means a lot of costs, and many of those come up completely unexpected. Sure, everybody knows that they’ll have to hire a moving company, so they expect that cost. But what if you underestimate the amount of space you’ll need during the move? And people often do. In that case, you’ll need to pay for storage units where you can keep some of your belongings. Also, this is just an example; there are a lot of such unforeseen expenses that tend to crop up when you least expect it. That’s why you need to take a good look at your personal finances, and see if you can handle a relocation.

Moving for work

Let’s examine one of the most common reasons for relocation these days: relocating for a job. If you are not satisfied with your current job, then moving may very well be the solution. Of course, before you decide that the answer to the question of ‘should you move’ is yes, make sure you think things through carefully. For example:

  • Advancement opportunities: While it may seem like you can’t advance in your current workplace, think about whether that’s really true. Perhaps all it takes is an honest conversation with your boss? And if you really don’t see a way forward in your current company, maybe you can find another job in your own town? Remember, moving is a drastic solution.
  • Research job markets: Of course, maybe your career path has truly hit a dead end in your town. In that case, should you move right now? Well, definitely! But before you do, make sure you do plenty of research. You’ll need a lot of data on job markets before picking a new city. So, you’d be wise to learn where exactly you’d have the biggest chances to land a new job.
  • Have options lined up: Most importantly, don’t just pick up your bags and move somewhere without a definite plan. And that’s very important when it comes to relocating for work. Make sure you already have a job lined up in your new city or town. Or, at the very least, schedule some interviews, so you have clear options once you arrive.
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Should you move for work, if you can advance at your current company?

Should you move for a loved one?

If you have a loved one in a different city or town, maintaining a healthy relationship can be difficult. Maybe you’ve got a boyfriend or girlfriend you’re missing badly? Or on the other hand, your family may need you back in your hometown? As time goes on, you may be thinking of relocating to another town to be with the people you love. So, the question is, should you move for others?

To be completely honest, there is no universal answer to this question. Every human relationship is so unique and different that only you can truly know what to do. But regardless of whether it’s family relations or romantic involvement we’re talking about, one thing is crucial. No matter what, you must remember what your own interests and priorities are. Sacrificing those may seem like a grand, noble gesture, but in time, it will probably lead to resentment. So, if long distance moving is not really in your best interests, think long and hard before you do it for other people.