No doubt, relocating causes butterflies but often it is difficult to determine if they indicate excitement and anticipation or nerves and cold feet. Giving yourself a few questions to consider when relocating might assist in resolving the issue. Listing out your considerations on paper helps make the decision.
Can you afford the move?
Take time to lay out your budget. Consider actual moving costs but also the cost of living in the new location. Whether or not your new salary will cover expenses in the new area requires doing the math.
Is your family on board?
The unity of mind with a spouse or significant others goes a long way in providing a successful relocation. On the converse, the lack of it can prove miserable. Consider what this move means for your spouse’s career and relationships. Also, take into account the impact on schooling, social activities and friendships of your children.
What am I leaving behind?
Your history with a place, both in length and memories, plays a significant role in the decision to relocate. Childhood friends, parents nearby or visions of future involvement create emotional ties which are not easily severed. On the other hand, negative experiences and few relational ties can create a desire for a fresh start.
What opportunities lay ahead?
Determining the opportunities that lay ahead in a new town, county, state or country is vital. Spend time in the new area and speak to as many people as possible. Consider what parts of your family’s current lifestyle might have to be omitted or might be enhanced by the move.
What is the backup plan?
Considering the ramifications of the relocation not working out is important. Knowing the permanency of a decision due to logistics or inconvenience weighs in the decision. Talk through options with your spouse or a trusted friend.
What about you?
Ultimately, the decision to relocate should reflect what you desire to do and not what you believe you should do. Consider your personality and whether or not you do well with change. Determine if the relocation will bring happiness or fulfillment. Finally, after the considerations and homework, the voice in your gut is worth heeding. After all, big risk can equal big reward!