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With remote work opportunities on the rise, many people have decided to make a significant move! While we don’t blame people for wanting a change of scenery, moving cross-country may not be all you had hoped for without the proper planning in place. Here are the top four things you should consider before making this life-changing decision, as well as some tips to help you prepare.

List out your reasons for wanting to move.

Determine the real reason behind your move, listing out your negotiables and non-negotiables. This way, you can make sure that the cities you consider meet your needs and that you are moving for the right reasons. Do remember, wherever you move, there you’ll be. In other words: if you yourself are not happy, and believe this move will fix that, you’ll be pretty surprised to learn that your unhappiness will follow you. However, if you are making a move for a better quality of life, determining what you want, and what you don’t, will help you meet that goal.

Determine the cost of living compared to where you are now.

One of the primary reasons people choose to move is that remote work opportunities can allow them to move to a city with a lower cost of living (while earning a higher salary). However, many people are surprised to learn that the cost-of-living change may not be all they had hoped for. With numerous online calculators that you can use for free, as well as real estate websites, do your due diligence by making sure that this move not only checks off all your wishes but is a wise move financially, too.

Map out the expenses of moving.

Moving can be expensive, and your company will most likely not cover relocation if you’re moving of your own accord. So, when determining if this move is for you, make sure that you have the funds to cover the cost of moving cross country. Depending on how far you are moving and the number of items you need to move, this could be several thousand dollars.

Moving doesn’t have to be permanent.

Many people decide to move to a new city to test the waters before diving in permanently. With self-storage units located nearby in every major city, and town, there are plenty of places to securely store your belongings while you rent an apartment short-term. There are plenty of specials for new renters, so finding a conveniently located, affordable facility is easy to do.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” This new year, whether you choose to make a permanent move, or use self-storage to facilitate a temporary one, may whatever decisions you make cause you to grow as a person, molding you and your life into all that you want it to be.

We wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2022!