So, you want to try living in a new city! Whether you make the move for a job offer or a change of scenery, you have a lot to consider. Cost of living and safety often top the list, but think through everything. Moving means a big lifestyle change. We don’t want you to forget anything so we made a list of the six most important questions to ask when moving to a new city.
1. Home Type
First things first, what kind of home do you imagine yourself in? Do you want a house, an apartment, or a condo? Think about how you’ll feel most comfortable. Do you and your family want a yard? If this is the case then it may be best to consider renting or buying a house. If you don’t need as much space maybe a condo or an apartment would be best for you. When you check out your potential city or cities, find out how big the selection is for your chosen home type. Some cities feature lots of dense, urban living opportunities while other offer sprawling suburbs. Some have both.
If this is a long-term living situation it may behoove you to consider buying a house or condo. If your move is only short-term perhaps renting would be best. Consider the costs of buying versus renting in your target cities. Renting may be more economical in some, while buying makes more sense in others.
Whether you’re moving near or far it’s important to take a look at employment ratings. A hard truth is that some cities and states still haven’t fully recovered from the recession.Will it be hard to find a job in your new location? When you find your new job will you be able to support yourself based on the local economy?
Make sure the city you’re headed to provides enough opportunities in your industry. If your current job will transfer you, so much the better.
Finally, measure your income against the cost of living. Take a look at The Best and Worst States to Earn a Living for a better idea of what employment will look like in your potential new state.
3. Weather and Climate
Weather is what you live with day by day. You may not realize it, but weather could have a huge impact on your happiness. If you love warm weather than perhaps a state like Minnesota isn’t the best place for you. Even moving one state away could drastically change what the seasons are like.
Climate, on the other hand, represents overarching trends. You might live someplace with generally mild winters but still occasionally get a blizzard. Rainy springs might balance out with dry, sunny summers. Imagine yourself in your new home over all the seasons, year after year. Also consider the rising incidence of natural disasters. Explore your chosen city’s risk for floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, drought, and fires. You’ll need to understand insurance for each one and the potential risks of investing in real estate.
4. Location, Location, Location
Where you live in correlation to the city can have a huge impact on your lifestyle. When you’re living in an urban area most things are within walking distance. Plus there’s always something to do! There are drawbacks though. Living in a big city can also be really expensive. Not only that but parking is a nightmare!
If you like the idea of always having something to do but need more space, perhaps the suburban life is more your style. Here, you can have a place of your own. Houses, condos, and apartments are more spread out. Usually, you don’t have to drive very far to get to the store. Movie theatres are in abundance. And if you’d like a night out with friends the city isn’t too far away either. However, if you’re looking for a bit of nature state parks and hiking trails tend to be a bit further away
If you’d like to get away from it all after a long day of work, consider living in a rural town. Fewer people means you can enjoy the peace and quiet. Living in the country gives you space to breathe fresh air and gives you a great view of the starry night sky. But along with all this space comes yet another negative. Everything is further away. Simple things like seeing a movie or grocery shopping may require more advance planning and cost more in travel expenses.
5. School District
If you have children the school district is probably on your list of top priorities. But did you know that a school district can also have a huge impact on the value of your home? Many buyers report an interest in living in a good school district even if they don’t have kids. It can affect the cost of the home as well as the taxes. For more information check out our article How to Live in the Best School District.
6. Parks and Recreation
Whether you enjoy hiking, the beach, or museums you’ll want to know where these things are in correlation to your ideal home. If you enjoy a nice walk in fresh air you can find all the state parks in the United States in this one list.
Knowing the location of a museum or park can also be useful when you have little ones. It’s a great way to keep them entertained especially during school breaks. Taking them on a trip to the park is a great way to burn off some energy. If there’s inclement weather a museum is great way to cool them down or warm them up.
Leaving the U.S?
One thing we haven’t addressed is moving out of the country. Whether you’re moving for business or pleasure here are a few extra things to consider.
Does the country you’re moving to speak your native tongue? If not, do you know enough of the language to get by? This is essential for even the most basic of communication.
Taxes and Medical Care
Even though you don’t live in the United States anymore don’t forget about your taxes. If you’re earning an income the U.S. will still require you to pay. Be sure that your medical insurance is up to date. Check out the local hospitals. This way you can ensure you’re getting the most out of your healthcare.
When In Rome
There’s bound to be some kind of culture shock when you live in a new country. Be sure to step out of your comfort zone and embrace the new culture. Try new foods, celebrate new holidays, and get to know common phrases. Volunteering is also a great way to find new opportunities and meet new people. The locals will appreciate it too.
Moving is full of so many tough decisions. The most important thing though is that you find a place you can call home. If you’re thinking of moving out of the Cincinnati area we’ll sure miss you. If you’re looking to join this wonderful city we’d like to give you a nice warm welcome. Let us know what we can do to help you find your dream home.