How can you decide whether or not you should move? Before making the decision to move consider why it is you want to move. Are you moving on a whim, or is it a practical decision?
A practical move the kind of move you do for a job, or a better school for your children. An impractical move is one that you have romanticised. It’s important to assess your decision to move based on practicality, and the long-term impact it will have on you and your family.
Questions you should ask yourself before you move:
*Am I financially able to move?
*Will this move help me progress in my career, or send me backwards?
*Will the stress from moving disrupt my family more than it will benefit them?
*Will the new cost of living advantage, or disadvantage me?
*Is moving a necessity or a preference?
*Are there jobs available in the new town/city?
*Can your lifestyle needs be met in the new place?
For most people work is the biggest motivator when it comes to moving. Whether you’ve been offered a new job, your whole company is moving, or you’re looking to re-skill and move up the corporate ladder, even if you’re keeping your same job or title, moving is still a major life change.
A practical move takes practical planning, with jobs, property leases, children, pets, and large furniture items to consider, planning a move can take a lot longer than making the decision to move. Moving can be a wonderful and enriching experience, allowing you to explore a new town, city, or even country, with your loved ones.
It might not be the right time for you to move if you haven’t fully considered the implications of leaving your support system, or if you’re simply unhappy in your current job. On the other hand, a fresh place to live offers the potential of new friends, reconnecting with long-lost family members, and career expansion. Typically, when it comes to moving, your career prospects should look better in the place you plan to move to, than the place you currently are.
It also might not be the right time if you just can’t afford it. From the removalist to the security deposit, to the lease overlap, pet transport, and more, moving truly is one of the most expensive things you’ll ever do. If it’s worth it, it’s money well spent, however, if the job prospects simply aren’t as good in the new location as your current location, consider maybe a shorter move – moving suburbs, or departments at work might help satisfy the moving bug.