Moving across the Country with my family was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make. My employer was expanding and opening new offices in two different locations. I was offered a promotion with much higher pay and better benefits if I agreed to take on a new role at one of the new offices located more than 1500 miles from my (then) current home.
Doing the Math
Relocating out of state would mean being forced to sell my existing home and purchase a new one. Over the past several years, the homes in our neighborhood had steadily been depreciating and we were going to actually lose money by selling. Therefore, when deciding whether or not I would accept my employer’s offer, I had to waiver whether or not it would be financially sensible. After doing the math and realizing the price of living at the new location would be less and my new salary would be increased, it still seemed to my advantage to relocate. Should I Stay or Should I Go?
another factor. The comfort, safety and happiness of my family were also extremely important to me. A house or any dwelling place has a life of its own. It holds memories and energy from the lives and events that took place there. When it’s time to move to a new home, leaving one environment for another is often times difficult all by itself. Moving to an entirely new area is much more difficult than simply moving to a new home locally.
Beats Being Single
While contemplating “Do I take the job or not?” I couldn’t help but remember back to my “right out of college” days. I had moved to New York City for a year where I didn’t know a soul. And unlike college, the only social life offered was that of co-workers. Many young adults who have relocated long distance for a new job (or other reasons) will also testify to a long bout of loneliness and home sickness. Therefore, it comforted me to know my family would be with me on this long distance move.
Moving across country (or any great amount of distance) involves much more than packing up boxes and moving furniture across town. It’s about learning and living a whole new life. Some call it, “starting over”. For many people, this is a fearful move having to leave family, friends and a familiar atmosphere. However, if this move was a decision based on improving your career or creating a better life for you and your family, the best thing you can do is to focus on the positive.
Below are 5 Reasons Moving Across Country with Family is a Good Idea:
1. Out with the Old:strong>Unlike like moving local, due to the costs of transporting boxes and furniture long distance, it will encourage you to go through your belongings and get rid of things you really don’t use or need. If you have friends or family members who have lived in the same location for many years, you may have noticed a more cluttered and overcrowded atmosphere in their homes. Moving long distance will certainly help to motivate you to downsize and become more clutter-free. If you donate your unwanted items, you will also be helping others in need.
2. Start Over Fresh:If you are moving to an area where you do not know anyone, this gives you and your family members an opportunity to reinvent yourselves. Living in small towns and communities where “everyone knows your name” has its upsides, but it also has its down. A person tends to build a reputation (of some sort) among neighbors and in the community. Moving to a new state offers a chance to completely begin anew.
3. More Family Time: While a family is developing its roots in a new town, more time will be spent together than before the move (at least temporarily). If you have teenagers, you will certainly hear your share of complaints for a while, but keep in mind – that time with your kids is short. So take advantage of this time together as much as possible. You will find yourselves learning things about one another you’d never realized. And memories will be created that may not have been possible if you’d had not moved away.
4. New Adventures Couples and families with children alike always confess of enjoying living in a new area with an entirely new list of “things to do”. If you and your family spend a lot of time on outings on the weekends, you probably find yourselves becoming bored with the same tedious stores, events and other establishments in your old home town. It’s inevitable that moving long distance will bring with it a lot of great new things to do and see. Every region has its own landmarks, history and specific features which are always exciting to experience. Enjoying these new places and events will certainly help to smooth over those days while your family members are developing their new lives in your new community.
5. No More Excuses: We all have those relatives who we would prefer to see more less than often. In some cases, it’s a loved in-law who doesn’t think twice about dropping by the house without a warning (frequently). When moving long distance, those uninvited family members will no longer be showing up unless travel arrangements have already been planned ahead of time.
Taking the leap of moving long distance with a family is a big step, but for many families it is only the beginning of a new chapter with many new opportunities. The most difficult part of moving a home or business out of state is the planning, packing, loading and relocating. Fortunately, there are move management and professional relocation coordinators available to assist with every step of your move. Finding a moving company you can rely on will take the stress out of the entire process.