We have been thinking more and more about moving to a new state. There are just so many things to think about though when you are unfamiliar with a place, so it can make the whole process very intimidating.
Here are different things that you may want to think about before deciding where to live:
What is your budget?
Different places are going to require different budgets. This will probably play a big factor into where you will live and moving to a new state. It’s significantly different to live in a small town in North Dakota than it would be to live in New York City.
You should think about:
- How much money you have saved;
- How much you want to spend on a house;
- What the cost of living in the area is;
- And so on.
How will you make an income when moving to a new state?
Do you have an idea for how you will make an income? You might need to line up a job before you leave so that you can have a more secure income. You also need to think about what the average income is for where you are moving. A person in one state with the same exact position may not make the same amount of money as another person in that position in another state because of cost of living.
Do you know anything about the area?
If you are moving to a new state, you should try to do your research about the new area. You may want to visit the area, and maybe even make a long trip out of it to see if you even like the area after you’ve been there for a long amount of time.
What are the schools like?
For us, we are really trying to find a place with a good school system when moving to a new state. We want to have children in the future, and we don’t want to find an awesome place to live only to find out that the school system couldn’t be any worse.
Will you have family nearby?
We probably won’t have any family near where we will move. This is something that we are still debating about whether or not we want to sacrifice. Family is important, but we also want to live in a place where we are happy.
What other factor would help you determine whether or not you move to a new place?
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