Relocating to a new area, whether for a job or simply because you need a change, is a popular choice at the moment. The ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic have had a devastating effect on many families. Smaller businesses have taken the weight of the crisis and jobs have been lost. Furthermore, people have realised they either need more space or are looking to get away from towns and cities to a more open and casual lifestyle.
There are pros and cons to relocating and a lot needs to be considered. If you are relocating for work, you will have perhaps been offered a position in which case discussions may have been held with regard to relocation packages that may be on offer. In the following article we will talk about five things to think about if you are considering relocation.
1. Get to Know the Area
You have possibly decided on an area or even specific location you wish to move to. This could be a town or a city, or it may be somewhere semi-rural or even rural. If you have been living in a town or suburbs moving to the country – as many are choosing to do – can be a major culture shock. The same is true should you be moving from a more remote area to one closer to a town or city.
It is strongly recommended you take some time to research and visit the area you are looking to relocate to. Perhaps take a break there for a few days to get used to the environment. What appears to be a remote idyll may turn out to be highly impractical, while that city centre studio flat may come with problems attached related to the area itself. Always visit during darkness as well as during the day.
Next, we talk about working and we are looking at this relative to someone who has perhaps lost their job thanks to the events of the last year.
2. What are the Employment Prospects?
Choosing the right place for employment prospects may be your first priority. Naturally, you will consider areas where your skills or profession are in demand. If this is your aim then moving to a major town or city will likely provide more opportunities for employment and career progression than moving to a rural area (unless, of course, you happen to be skilled in the agricultural or other industries that are based in out-of-town locations).
Your best source of information will be employment agencies local to the area you intend to relocate to. Register with some of these and keep an eye on local newspapers for further information on potential employment opportunities.
3. Is it a Good Place for a Family?
Relocating as an individual or even as a couple is far easier than doing so with a family. You need to think about schools for the children, for example, and their potential future where you are choosing to move to. If you have to relocate because of your new job, for example, this can be made easier if the employer is willing to help work out the logistics of housing, schooling and other complications.
In the current climate many families have realised that a bigger property is needed, and some that they want to get away from enclosed areas that were not beneficial during the time of crisis. However, considering all members of the family is essential. Children will find the upheaval stressful, so give them the attention they need and discuss the options with them. Take them to where they will be moving to and let them see what is in store.
4. What are Local Amenities Like?
If you want access to shops, then living in a rural location will not be for you. Smaller towns will feature the basics of retail without shops selling luxury goods. You may have to travel from a small town to buy clothes, for example, which you will be used to if you have spent time living in a bigger town. If moving to a city you will have the best access to retailers of all kinds, but it will a busier life.
You should also consider other amenities such as leisure facilities and gyms if you are one for working out. Does the town have parks and green spaces, and what is there for the children to enjoy? If you enjoy eating out then restaurants will be high on your list, and a nightlife might entice the younger professional looking for fun and enjoyment.
Towns and cities provide the sort of facilities described, but small towns and villages may be deprived of the type of amenity you are used to. Take the time to check out what is in easy reach wherever you may choose to move to.
5. Will You Be Happy There?
Happiness is a large part of life, and you need to think carefully about what will make you happy in your chosen location. Any of the points we mention above will be a part of this consideration. It can be difficult for a city dweller to adapt to country life. Should that be your aim, be aware that there is a lot to get used to that you will find unusual and possibly be averse to. It can take time, and tales of people wishing for a quiet life in a beautiful and remote spot then finding it is not what they expected are common.
If moving from a small town or village to a larger city or even the suburbs you will also need to take time to get used to the new way of life. Be sure that what you are doing is what you genuinely want and not just a daydream, and if a family is involved then it must be to their liking too.
Don’t rush into the decision without considering the above – and also without thinking seriously about the financial implications – but take your time as it is never too late to change your mind.