Moving your family from one location to another, whether you're moving just down the street or half-way across the world, is usually a major undertaking. Yet it's something that millions of people do every year. Some of the main reasons for relocation include:
- a job change or school enrollment
- moving to be closer to family
- desire to change climate or living conditions
By far the top reason for moving, especially for families relocating over long distances is due to a job change. In many cases, advancement opportunities require relocation to another area. For many employees, increased pay or incentives is enough to entice them to relocate to another area. One piece of advice for those considering a new position that requires relocation is to pay close attention to the cost of living in the area you will be moving to. For example, moving from an area with a high cost of living to an area with less in order to take a new position with increased pay will result in a major net income swing. On the other hand, a move from an area with smaller cost of living expenses to an area with much larger would have to come with a massive pay increase in order to make up for an equally large cost of living increase.
Another reason why many people move every year is to live closer to family members. With the increased popularity of retiring in other locations, many younger people find that they are needed to take care of older relatives who have relocated farther away. Other families have members who have moved elsewhere and found the living conditions to be better and other family members want to follow. Whatever the case is, the desire to be close to family is often a strong motivator for relocation.
Finally, with the relative ease of moving to other areas with often very different climates, another big motivator for a move is to relocate to an area with a more favorable or desirable climate. For example, many retiring individuals are choosing to live in warmer climates or drier climates. This has spurred the creation of entire "retirement communities" throughout the world that cater to the needs of older generations seeking beautiful climates.
Whatever the causes may be that necessitate relocation, there are a few things you should keep in mind if you are thinking of moving your family. First, as previously discussed, pay attention to the relative cost of living in the area you're moving to. You will need to plan ahead so that you have enough resources to be able to live securely in your new location. Second, you will need to know as much as possible about the location you're moving to in order to decide exactly where you're going to live. There are many areas around the world that are so large - cities and large metropolitan areas - that you might have a choice of 100 square miles or more to live. In these cases, you really need to speak with an expert who is knowledgeable about the area. Your top resource in this case is your local real estate professional. Someone familiar with real estate in your area of relocation should be intimately aware of all of the smaller communities in the area you'll be living and will be able to give you valuable advice about the area - its industry, shopping, resources, amenities and similar information - often for free. Finally, be prepared for the costs of relocation. These can include expenses for selling your home or buying another, costs to rent, costs for truck and equipment rentals to move your belongings, plane, bus, train or car expenses for moving you and/or your family as well as many other possible costs associated with your move.