New Position, New Place, New Challenges

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By Sara Velasquez of ourperfectabode.com 

A quick rundown of things to keep in mind as you make your first move while you move up in your career.

As we progress in our careers, the option to move to a new location is often presented. Although it may be frightening, relocating has many perks, including potentially giving you access to greater professional opportunities. However, there are many moving parts, and it’s easy to overlook important aspects of a move when you’re in the thick of it all. Today’s Finish Stronger blog touches on these in the hopes of helping you get through your move as stress-free as possible.

Ask yourself: Is this really best?

Before you agree to move, whether it’s across the country or to a new city on the other side of the state, ask yourself if it’s really the best option for your family. If you have seniors getting ready to graduate high school who have already applied to local colleges, it may be best to wait. Similarly, when you care for an aging relative that lives just down the road, you may find that this task becomes more difficult or that they no longer have the help they need once you’re gone.

Evaluate the home and the location.

While you may not have any real say in the general area to which you move if you’re moving for a job, you can decide which neighborhood. Make sure that your community fits with your lifestyle, such as if you have young children and need access to exceptional childcare. On the same token, don’t forget to look at the home specifically. You’ll want to look out for everything from noise level to how close you are to the neighbors and even the number of sockets (this is especially important in the digital age) and how well the Wi-Fi works in each room. Redfin also asserts that you want to pay close attention to potential remodeling opportunities, the sightlines of each room, as well as storage and closet space.

Should you rent first?

While buying a home is the American dream and offers a sense of stability, there are plenty of perks associated with renting first. If you’ve never been to your upcoming hometown or if you’re not in a financial position to come up with a cash down payment, renting might make sense. Fidelity explains that if you’re not sure that you’ll be there for more than a few years, renting is the most sensible financial option.

Are there opportunities outside of your current company?

A promotion is great, and it can come with lots of personal economic perks. But, don’t let the allure of quick cash pull you to a location that doesn’t have other opportunities. Make sure that the area that you’re moving to has career options outside of your industry. At the very least, take a look at the numbers. You may find that some of the most unexpected areas, such as cities in Utah and Idaho, are growing faster than places like Atlantic City and New York.

Talk to your family about their feelings.

When you have a family, you sometimes have to make decisions that your children don’t like. This does not mean you can’t move forward with your plans, but it will be greatly beneficial to listen to their protests throughout the process. Children need to feel as though they are being heard, and even if they do not ultimately get their way, you can assure them that you understand their fears and will work with them to make the move a positive experience.

Moving is a big deal, but it is a life event that is sometimes unavoidable. Regardless of the reason for your relocation, take the time to work through it before you go. While you can’t possibly envision every scenario, you can look ahead to issues that can put you and your family off track. From big things, such as deciding whether to rent or buy to the tiny details, like making sure everyone has a place to charge their phone, the following tips can help you start your journey and settle in with as little stress as possible.

If you feel overwhelmed and need to talk it through, but you don’t have time to visit the office in person, Shannon Mick offers teletherapy services. Schedule your session today, and be on your path to emotional wellness.

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