Have you outgrown your current state and are now interested in moving, but just don’t know where to start? Here are five easy steps to assist you in hopefully relocating to your new residency! At the end of the day, your move will require an ample amount of research and if done properly, it can ensure a smooth change. Please Note: I am not an expert but I have moved and each time, I followed the steps myself to get me to where I am now.
- Know the reason for your move. Are you relocating on the whim of frustration and tiredness or are you in search of growth? What do you intend to do once you’ve found your new state? You must identify what you plan on doing once you’ve settled in – whether it be to retire or start up a business that could potentially blossom into a money making green plant. This will help you determine if the city life will be great for you or more of a rural, county-like town. What opportunities do you hope to find within your selected area?
- Research the crime in the area you intend on living in. Who knows more about a city or town’s criminal history than the Police department?! Reach out to the local Police station and ask questions! How often are they dispatched throughout the area and what are the average types of reported crimes? If you have children, you definitely want to look to see if there are any sex offenders in a decent radius of your potential new home. I like using www.FamilyWatchDogs.us because it is a free service that helps you not only locate registered sex offenders in the area, but it also lists the crimes, photos and registered addresses that you would need to be mindful of.
- Take a visit. The best time to check out a prospective residence is typically during the evening and on a weekend (I would also throw in a Friday) when most people are off from work and its true activity is more clearer. We tend to rely on the words of friends and family to help us decide where to move but if you actually see it for yourself, this could be the deal-breaker before you sign your lease and possibly lose your deposit. ProMove is a free company located through the US that helps you locate apartments based on what you can afford, how many rooms you desire as well as what town(s) interest you most. They get paid when you actually sign a lease, so there’s no pressure on your end.
- If you have children, research the schools in the area. Does the school offer any type of after-school programs? What about sports? What type of curriculum does the school follow? Is it a grant-based institute that relies on government or state funding? www.GreatSchools.org is a good website that will show you how well the school did with various testings as well as general information such as whether they offer multi-language classes and extracurricular lessons.
- Finally – Jobs. Is the company you’re currently employed with, located in the state you intend to move to? Sometimes, staying with the company and transferring, can make a world of a difference. Even if you can’t stand the company itself, using it to get you to where you would like to be, is the best choice because now you have a solid source of employment that you would be able to use when applying for your new home. This may sound crazy but, if you stay with the company and move, this will give you the opportunity to also see what companies have positions offered in the field you are currently in. Let’s say you want to move to FL and you work for AllState Insurance. You’ve moved all your stuff down and have taken a new position. You’ve signed your lease and your child has started school. Start applying to different insurance companies in your area and nearby and when you land that interview – go from there. The last thing that you want to do is quit your job in your current state and move to another with no stable source of income. The job market is hard already so why make things worst for yourself and your family? Don’t know where to start with your job search? I would highly recommend www.GlassDoor.com and www.LinkedIn.com. Glass Door gives you the opportunity not only to check out current positions but the average salaries and even reviews posted by current/former employees. You’ll be surprised what you find! And LinkedIn is a great way to build professional connections that could potentially lead you to ways into a company through the backdoor.
If you at least attempt to use my five steps I listed above, you’ll be surprised how far you can go. Next thing you know, you’ll have people reaching out to you to find out what they need to do to relocate and hey – I don’t mind – share my steps with them.
I hope this helps all of you out there looking for a way to move.