It’s 2020—a brand-new decade. If you’ve ever considered relocation, now is a great moment to ask yourself if it’s time to move. Relocating to another state or across the country is a decision that represents change, new beginnings, and the chance to explore opportunities previously unrealized. However, before you contact that moving company, it’s important to remember there’s a lot that goes into the move beyond collecting moving boxes and scheduling the moving truck.
In many cases, such as a job transfer to another city, state, or country, the “where” part of the move has already been decided for you. However, if you’re part of the roughly 35 million Americans that choose to move for more personal reasons, our team at 495 Movers highly recommends taking the time to research and consider your options before taking the plunge.
What to Consider Before Deciding on Moving in 2020
Barring international moves, you have 50 states (and a few US territories) to choose from when considering the next place to call home. Needless to say, exploring your options can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve broken down the process into simple categories you can investigate before beginning the moving and storage process.
- Cost of Living: The cost of living is one of the most underestimated factors potential movers should consider. Everything from the price of milk to the average home price can and should impact your decision. The good news is there are numerous states that are quite affordable. One example is Mississippi, which offers residents with the lowest cost of living in the nation.Of course, you’ll also need to weigh in other factors that might not make the low and affordable cost living that the state worth it for you.
- Healthcare: It’s a simple truth. When you move to another state, you will need a new doctor and dentist. Different states have different costs when it comes to healthcare. When considering your next move, it’s recommended to identify what insurance typically costs as well as the average doctor visit. If you have family and friends that live in the state you’re interested in that’s even better. They can provide you real-world expectations that can’t be matched.
- Culture: What do you like to do? What interests you? If you love city life and can’t say no to concerts or sporting events among other events, then it’s doubtful you’ll enjoy relocating to the countryside. Along the same lines, a move to an urban city may not be the best choice for those that thrive when surrounded by rolling fields and open roads. To find out more about the areas you’re living in, the culture, and the social activities and events, check out the city or town’s Facebook page or internet site for information.
- Jobs: Perhaps you’re moving for a job you got. Maybe you’re starting over entirely. Regardless, it’s a good idea to consider the job market for your chosen profession. For example, did you know Hawaii is one of the most popular states for those within the accommodations industry, which includes hotels and restaurants? If your industry isn’t popular in the state you’re considering, it may be time to think of somewhere else to relocate.
- Transportation: Getting around is always a consideration, but transportation varies widely state by state. While the car is a popular option, more and more states are investing in public transportation options in both major cities and smaller towns. Take the time to consider how transportation works in the area you’re considering and plan your move accordingly.
- Education: Most people that relocate are part of a family. Families usually mean children. As such, the education level available is of great concern for most parents. If this sounds like you, then get started on your homework now to identify the best educational opportunities for you and your loved ones. According to national rankings, Massachusetts tops the charts when it comes to academics.
- Taxes: Everywhere you go the taxes are waiting for you. Did you know that different states have different tax laws? For example, there’s no income tax in Texas, Nevada, or Florida—just to name a few. In addition, New Hampshire is a great option for those who hate paying sales tax on their purchases. With the right research, you may find yourself saving money in places you may not have considered before.
- People: In addition to culture, it’s important to consider the demographics of each state. The average age may be different than your own, which could leave you feeling disconnected from your surroundings. For a glimpse of some helpful facts and data about the states of the USA, feel free to check out the U.S. Census Bureau for a more complete picture of the communities you’re joining.
Learn More About Our High-Quality and Affordable Moving and Storage Services at 495 Movers
As one of the preferred moving company options in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., we know that relocating to a new city or state is a large undertaking. That’s why our team has worked hard to be one of the most respected professional movers in the DMV—to help our customers make the process of relocation affordable, easy, and even enjoyable. With state-of-the-art tools and technology, highly skilled movers and packers, and a comprehensive menu of customized options--we strive to deliver an all-around unmatched customer experience.
If you’ve explored your options and are ready to move to a new home in the DMV, in another state, or even another country, 495 Movers can help. Give us a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional long-distance moving services, or fill out our online form to schedule your free quote.
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