Moving your home requires careful planning. Apart from choosing where to relocate, you have to consider the financial implications attached to this decision. The overall cost of living in the new city, the employment opportunities available, and the reputation held by each neighborhood play an equally important part.
Below, we’ve highlighted 7 key aspects you should take into account before changing your address.
IL COSTO DELLA VITA
Il cost of living differs greatly from one place to another, and since some cities are less affordable than others, it’s always a good idea to check out their cost of living before deciding where to move. For instance, relocating from Raleigh to Filadelfia doesn’t require complex financial theatrics, but moving from Tampa to Washington, D.C. might. As such, it’s best to compare everything, from the median home prices, the taxes, and the average wages to grocery, healthcare, and entertainment-related costs. Pay attention to the average commute time, too; a longer ride to work implies more gas refills, and that can add up to quite a significant chunk at the end of the month.
Take time to research the neighborhoods. Some areas are pricier than others, and some have a better reputation. Start by checking the average rent and home prices, as well as the neighborhood’s proximity to downtown or your main points of interest, to get an idea of how affordable they are. Look into their main attractions, from schools and shopping centers to parks and stadiums, to see if they have the conveniences you seek. Lastly, read area reviews to learn more about the overall vibe of the neighborhood, so that you can decide if it’s a good place to live.
LE OPPORTUNITÀ DI LAVORO
Se la tua decisione di trasferirti in un'altra città lo fosse prompted by a new job opportunity, then you’re all set. Otherwise, analyze the employment opportunities available in the area. Discover how stable the city’s economy is, which is the unemployment rate, which are the leading employers, how long the commutes are, and which are the average wages in your field. You should also look into the reputation of the leading companies, and even compare your preferred employers, to discover which are the most attractive options.
I DISTRETTI SCOLASTICI
Compare different school districts to determine which one would be a better fit for your family. Apart from the schools’ proximity to your new home, check out their facilities, the extracurricular activities available, their rankings, and so on. Don’t hesitate to check various forums to gather more details about the quality of the educational services provided. If you want to enroll your kid in a private school, then you should also take into account all the schooling fees you will have to pay.
IL MERCATO IMMOBILIARE
The state of the local real estate scene can have a significant impact on your finances, whether you’re nel mercato per l'affitto di un appartamento or buying a house. Determine which are the most cost-efficient housing options that meet the other criteria you have set, and choose accordingly. You might discover you can afford more than you thought, or, on the contrary, that you have to compromise on some things. However, if you do your research well, chances are you will find a home to fit your needs.
IL COSTO DEL TRASLOCO MOBILI
It might seem trivial, but moving furniture from one city to another comes at a hefty price, especially if you’re changing states. Decide whether you have the means to do this yourself or you need to assumere un professionista, then research the available option to select the most cost-efficient one. To save money, take with you only those items that are absolutely necessary and leave behind anything you can buy after relocating. You should also research what storage options you have at hand, to store those prized possessions you don’t want to take with you but don’t want to throw away either.
LO STILE DI VITA
Your quality of life will be heavily impacted by the overall vibe of the city you’re moving to, so try to learn what defines it. The weather is one thing to consider, but the lifestyle you can lead can be even more important. If you’re the active type, check out how many sports courts and stadiums there are. If you value serenity, see how quiet the neighborhood is. If you want to be in the center of it all, check the entertainment options available. It’s easy to overlook these aspects, but they count just as much as the cost of living in the long run.
Spostare la tua casa non è mai facile, ma un'attenta pianificazione può facilitare il processo e i suggerimenti sopra menzionati ti danno un buon punto di partenza. Prenditi il tuo tempo prima di prendere una decisione, sii diligente nella tua ricerca e l'esperienza può finire per essere piacevole.
With a background in communication studies, Teodora Demian joined the RENTCafé team eager to uncover the secrets of real estate. She has a BA in Journalism and an MA in Public Relations and Advertising. She is a passionate writer, researcher, and marketing specialist.