Are you tired of the same day-to-day routine?
Are you looking for a new adventure?
There are many reasons people decide — or are forced — to move. While it can be scary or challenging, moving to a new place brings on the opportunity to start anew.
According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the average person in the United States moves residences more than 11 times in their lifetime.
When you move to a new city or new home, you’ll have the opportunity to redecorate to your heart’s desire, make new friends, find different places to eat, and start fresh in a new environment.
Whether you’re experiencing a job promotion, relationship change, or you’re simply interested in a new beginning, moving is a way to do that.
Knowing when it’s time to make a move is challenging. If you’re experiencing any of these five factors, it might be time to go.
New Job Opportunity:
One of the top three reasons people relocate is because of a job change.
If you’re looking for a new job opportunity or got a promotion that requires you to be closer to your company headquarters, making a move is an exciting way to capitalize on new opportunities.
On the other hand, if you feel stuck in a rut at your current job, moving to a large city or new location will open more doors for you. While moving before you have a new job isn’t the world’s best idea, moving to a more populated area with better job opportunities can help get you a new career if you have the funds to do so.
According to WalletHub, the top five cities with the best job opportunities are:
- South Burlington, Vermont
- Columbia, Maryland
- Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- Boise, Idaho
Before moving to a new place, make sure the area is ripe with benefits for your career. For example, moving to West Texas might not be ideal if you work in tech — but it could be a gold mine if you work in oil and gas or agriculture
Looking for an Upgrade:
Is your current home feeling tight and cluttered?
Are you a few years out of college and ready for a more sophisticated apartment?
If you’re looking for an upgrade, it’s time to move.
As your family expands or life circumstances change, moving to a new home can bring new light to your life.
Moving from an apartment to a house is usually more financially responsible and rewarding than renting and having children means you’ll need more room. Starting a family means you need more space for separate rooms, play areas, storage, and living spaces
It May Be Time To Downsize:
If you’re not looking for an upgrade, you might be looking to downsize.
Like wanting an upgrade, there are many reasons someone would need to downsize.
Parents who are empty nesters might find their once lively house empty and sad. Downsizing to an apartment or smaller home that still accommodates the kids when they visit is an excellent idea to help you feel more fulfilled and rejuvenated.
According to NDMS another reason to downsize is if you find yourself with too much space.
Too much space is not something many people complain about, but it happens. Maybe you had a roommate move out, or you’re recently out of a relationship and don’t have as much stuff as you used to. Moving and downsizing to a smaller home helps save money on utilities and rent while starting with a clean slate.
Moving to a smaller place is perfect for anyone looking to save money and have a space to call their own
Your Neighborhood Changes:
It’s inevitable; neighborhoods change over time. Sometimes it’s for the better, and sometimes the clientele and vibe change to something you didn’t initially sign up for.
If you find yourself feeling unsafe in your neighborhood from repetitive incidents or seeing concerning events on the news, consider moving.
You and your family’s safety should be a top priority.
Aside from safety reasons, another reason it’s time to make a move is if your neighbors get loud and noisy. When you live in a house, your neighbors don’t affect you as much, but new neighbors in an apartment complex can make all the difference. For example, if you have children who need to go to bed early but your neighbors party late, it might be time to consider moving.
When moving to a new neighborhood, make sure to research the area, look at reviews, and take a look at the schools nearby. Good schools can be a sign of a safe neighborhood
New Relationship Status:
There are two reasons to move after a change in your relationship status. It happens either because of a breakup or a decision to move in together and take your relationship to the next level.
There are some unique considerations for recent breakups. You’ll likely have to split the items and furniture you accrued while together, so you’ll have fewer things when you move out — that means you need new furniture or a smaller place for yourself.
On the other hand, moving in with someone is an exciting time with the opportunity for fresh beginnings. Moving in together often means finding a new place to fit everyone’s belongings. In most cases, it’s wise to get an apartment together instead of buying a house because it’s less of an investment, but each couple’s journey is different — so do what feels right
Don’t Be Afraid of Change:
Lastly, don’t be afraid of change.
Alan Watts said it best: “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
Remember, moving brings a sense of hope, freedom, and new beginnings.
Even though it can be intimidating, moving to a new place, home, our city is an exciting and special time. In most people’s lives, moving only happens a dozen times, so instead of being overwhelmed by it, embrace it and make the best of the process.
Whether you choose to move because of a job, financial obligations, safety, or new relationship status, it’s sure to be an exciting chapter of your life.