Maybe you’re just thinking about relocating. When I made the decision to move from Florida to Georgia, it took me two long years of flip-flopping: Yes, today it’s a great idea. No, today it’s a really bad idea. If you are facing the same should-I-or-shouldn’t-I tug of war, consider the following:
Why? What makes you even consider moving? Are you unhappy in your current job? Do you miss family or friends who live in another state? Perhaps you are just bored and looking for something different. Or, is the weather a factor?
Who do you need to consider other than yourself? A spouse? Children? Relocating is a huge change and will require a major period of adjustment. You and your spouse will have to change jobs or transfer, and your kids (if old enough) will have to adapt to a new school system.
What should you be looking for? Are you looking for a house, an apartment, to rent, or to buy? If you are moving to another state, it’s a very good idea to rent first – at least for a year, until you know exactly which neighborhood works for you, where you will be working, and the schools and communities in the area.
When is the best time? Do you want to go right now, in a month, or even next year? Decide on your timeframe and then write out a timeline, plotting exactly what to do and when to do it. This way, you won’t be caught short a week before you move.
And most important … Where? Maybe you know the state, but which city, town, or neighborhood would you prefer? Do you want a place that is family-oriented or a singles hotspot? Plenty of parks or lots of museums? A place near mass transit or a major highway? A place where you can walk or ride your bike to work?
Be specific – research the neighborhoods you are interested in before relocating. If you don’t want a quiet suburb, make sure you don’t choose an apartment complex in one. If the noise of the city will drive you crazy, don’t rent there just to be close to work. Choosing the perfect location will take time, but in the end, you’ll be glad you did your homework.