Relocating to a New City? Some Things to Consider
Relocating to a New City? Some Things to ConsiderPosted by Korman Res | Relocating to a New City? Some Things to Consider
The prospect of relocating to another city can be both exciting and terrifying. It’s one of those “life decisions” that should be entered into thoughtfully and carefully, because the outcome will impact you, your family, and your finances. Whether you’re considering relocating for a new job, family reasons, or just a fresh start, there are some important things to consider (aside from moving costs) before you pack your bags.
If you have children, it’s important to consider how this move might impact them. How does your child feel about moving to a new city? Would the timing of the move cause a hardship to your child? How are the schools in this new city? Is the curriculum on-par with your child’s current school or might he or she have trouble keeping up? Will the same extra-curricular activities be available? If your child requires specialized medical care or educational services, how accessible would this be in the new city? Generally speaking, there are more factors to consider with school-aged children than with infants or toddlers, so talk to your kids and check out the schools, activities and services that will be available to them.
The Cost of Living
Believe it or not, the cost of living can vary significantly from city to city. While the big-ticket expenses like rent/mortgage, insurance, utilities and taxes will automatically be taken into consideration, there can also be notable differences in other expenses that you might not have thought about. From a gallon of milk to a gallon of gas, the disparity can be quite surprising – particularly if you’re moving out of state. Find out as much information as you can and do a thorough cost of living comparison before you make your decision.
How do you or your spouse plan to get to work every day? Car? Train? Bus? How accessible is public transportation? How much will it cost? How long will your commute take? Are you sure about that? A five-mile commute may take ten minutes in one city, but thirty minutes in another. It’s important to be realistic when calculating your commuting costs and determining your travel time threshold, because you’ll be stuck with that commute for a while.
Once you’ve factored in your family’s input, the costs, and the pros and cons, your decision should become a lot easier. Here’s an informative relocation quiz that might also help you with your decision: http://careerplanning.about.com/library/weekly/quizzes/bl_relocation_qui...
At Korman Residential, we understand that individuals and families need to relocate for various reasons, which is why we offer our Relocation Guarantee. We make it easy for our residents to move from one of our communities to any of our other communities throughout PA, DE, NJ, and FL. It’s our way of giving our valued residents one less thing to worry about.