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7 Things You Should Consider When Relocating

By DeLena Ciamacco on Dec 22, 2015


1. Navigating the Housing Market

In some states, affordable housing may seem impossible to find, especially if you have an extensive list of must-have amenities. Whether you are buying or renting, check out websites such as Zillow.com, Realtor.com, and Craigslist.org to see what’s available, affordable, and realistic.

2. Comparing the Cost of Living

Using a cost of living calculator will show you how far your salary will go in a specific region. Aside from housing costs, make sure to factor in food, utilities, gas prices, and other miscellaneous expenses before concluding if a state is within your financial means.

3. Researching Quality Health Care

Relocating means finding a new general physician, dentist, and other preventative-care specialists. States are rated differently when it comes to cost and quality of healthcare. For example, Minnesota, Utah, and Kansas are among the best healthcare systems in the country. Do your research beforehand, especially if you require specific, regular medical attention.

4. Experiencing the Local Culture

Whether it’s the sports, art, music, or food scene you are into, some areas have a lot to offer, while others may seem dead on nights and weekends. Most towns and cities have websites or local publications that include any attractions, events, and entertainment offered in the area

5. Seeking Rewarding Employment

Will moving to your dream state propel your career forward? More importantly, will you financially survive living there? In trendier states, nailing down a job can be difficult with so many other newcomers moving in. It’s smart to look up job availability in your preferred industry before you commit. Websites such as Monster.com, Indeed.com, and Craigslist.org are great job-hunting sites to start you off.

6. Calculating State Taxes

Taxes vary widely from state to state and can greatly affect your paycheck. Before you pick a new state of residency, you should measure how state income taxes, property taxes, and sales tax will affect your bottom line.

7. Bracing Against the Elements

Mother Nature is capable of negatively impacting your mood, skyrocketing your utility bill, and locking you indoors. Look up data on precipitation and average seasonal temperatures before you make your decision.

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