With every big decision we make in life, there are often two irreconcilable options that require an either/or option. For instance, you choose to have children, or you choose not to. Sometimes, this choice is made for you despite your planning, but you still fit into that either/or binary when they come along.
However, like this, often the biggest choices in life are not just singular choices, but choices that affect every single other daily habit, lifestyle amenity, and social situation you might be able to experience from then on. For instance, taking a job or not can push you in two different directions.
Moving house to another location, especially a location either a little or a lot further out than we may have lived before, can determine the full anchor point of our lives. This will determine our working opportunities, who we live near, the local culture we experience, the value of our property portfolio, and more. In this post, we’ll discuss how and why making that choice may or may not be worth it.
The job opportunities you have access to may determine where you move, and exactly the location you’re happy with. For instance, it might be that you’re moving to a city to have access to an industry situated there most of all, but you may have to work out how far you’re willing to commute on top of that.
The reasons you may relocate are important to consider, especially when it comes to your future plans, career chances, additional practices you may wish to get involved in, and more. Sometimes, job opportunities might also entail how successful a business might be in a certain environment. For instance, a tech consultancy firm you establish in a developing area may situate you as a perfect service to use, whereas in more populous parts of the country you may find strict competition.
Moving house is often predicated on a particular job role or at least the opportunities you may find there. Keeping that in mind can help you determine the overall financial worth and possibilities in moving to a particular location.
Community Gatherings & Identity
Community gatherings and community identity can mean a lot to many people. It might seem as though the society we live in at large has become atomized, but that’s not necessarily true. There still exist beacons of community in many areas worldwide, and sometimes, living in a definite area can give you more or less access to that.
Living in a rural community, for instance, might help you bond with others in a place where you know everyone who lives within two miles of you due to there not being many people situated there at all.
On the other hand, some may prefer the anonymity involved with living in a more urbanized area, and the chance of meeting more people over time. Some people prefer an area where communal events take place semi-regularly, but you can also maintain an element of privacy. It’s also important to consider the demographics of where you may move to in terms of what financial and family status may be there.
It might be that moving to an area two miles outside of the city center sounds like a good idea thanks to all of the cheap properties in such a good location, but then realize that most if not all of the surrounding properties are stocked with students year-round, who have no real allegiance to the area and don’t mind throwing parties until 8 am. This can make raising a family in comfortable surroundings difficult.
Perhaps a certain area looks nice, but it’s filled with young professionals. Or, perhaps you wish to raise a family near people like you, only to realise most of the houses nearby are owned by retirees who prefer the quiet life. This isn’t to say you should only move near people like you, that would be dull and impossible to boot, but it’s worth being informed as to the makeup of an area before you move there.
Living in a particular place determines your lifestyle in almost every way. This isn’t to say certain things may be locked off to you forever should you choose a place to say, only that if you enjoy surfing, living 200 miles from the ocean probably isn’t going to work for you that well.
Your daily lifestyle includes the hobbies you take part in, the distances you travel, the people you meet, the restaurants you eat at, the cinemas you attend, the malls you can spend time in, and more. It may also have given perks that you cannot find anywhere else, such as the thorough French influences found in New Orleans cooking.
Where you live slowly begins to become part of your identity, too, so it’s a great idea to think about this might merge with you.
Of course, people move across the country for the chance of their children attending a better school. In some countries, living within a certain catchment area of a public school will give your children guaranteed access to a place there.
Or, even if you plan to place your children in a private or boarding school, it’s important to recognize that commute times, how quickly you can get to the school, and the amenities compared to schools in another place can differ dramatically. As with everything in this list, it’s best to weigh up your options accordingly.
Value & Market Trends
The value of a home can differ entirely depending on market trends and developments in the area. It might be that getting into a home now might be a worthwhile venture now that businesses are investing in the local space, or it might be that a new housing build in a park nearby is going to flatten the value and natural views of where we live.
Paying attention to market trends, historical value fluctuations, and the current market can help you identify if this is a wise investment or not.
With this advice, we hope you can properly determine if a moving house is worth it.