Guest Author: Stan Caramalac
Relocating can give your family access to a stable income, better schools and a safer neighborhood. Moving can be a stressful experience, though, especially if you have children. Consider several factors as you ensure you’re making the right decision before you relocate your family.
Effects on Children
Your children could benefit from a move if they gain access to better schools in a safer neighborhood with stable housing. University research, however, found that moving can disrupt your children’s daily routines, lower their math and reading scores and negatively disrupt their social development and emotional health. Weigh the potential pros and cons of moving as you protect and care for your children.
As a parent, your children’s education is one of your top priorities. Evaluate the local schools before you hire a moving company for your relocation. Ensure the school’s culture, performance and extracurricular activities support your child’s holistic growth and development. Also, verify the availability of a gifted or special education program if your child needs additional support.
Maybe transferring to a different town includes a promotion, higher salary and better benefits with your current company. Or you might move to switch careers and pursue your dream job. No matter why you relocate, carefully consider the benefits, culture and finances of current or potential employers. A healthy company can support you well into the future rather than leave you hanging shortly after you move.
Houses or rental units could vary in price, availability, size and amenities depending on where you relocate. Because housing expenses can impact your family’s budget and economic stability, search available houses and rental costs online before you move. Then, decide if you can afford to relocate.
Cost of living
Even if your income increases, calculate the expenses of living in your new town. Include taxes, utilities, insurance, transportation, childcare and leisure activities. Use this calculation to verify you can afford the cost of living.
You and your children may thrive living close to or far away from family. Weigh the benefits and drawbacks of family proximity and your personal preferences as part of your relocation decision.
Think about potential lifestyle repercussions as you decide if moving is the best choice for your family. Moving could mean you can enjoy a shorter commute with more time at home. Or maybe your family will experience a new climate and related recreational activities. Even moving to a rural, suburban or urban location can affect your lifestyle.
Right now, you and your children may enjoy a network of supportive friends and activities. Maybe you swap babysitting with your best friends or enjoy walking downtown on weekends. Consider how a move will affect the social life of each family member and if you can handle these changes.
Making a move right now might be beneficial for your family, but be sure to also look into the future. Think about the area’s high school and if it will nurture your children. Check out the development and improvement plans for the neighborhood where you’ll live. Consider if you’ll be happy in the new job over time. Of course, you can always move again later, but long-term thinking now can save you time and aggravation in the future.
Relocating can open multiple doors of possibilities for you and your family. Before your move, do some research and ensure you’re making the wisest decision.
Author bio: Stan Caramalac is the founder and CEO of Move Central. He started the company because he truly believed that moving could be simple as long as it was done efficiently. He strives to help people make their moves smoother and less stressful. Caramalac and his team proudly serve San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and the Bay Area.