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Should I Relocate for a Job?

If you’ve recently been offered a job that requires you to move to another city or state, one of the first things you’re probably wondering is “how much does it cost to relocate?” Of course, leaving your friends and family and searching for a new home are likely on your mind as well. There are a few things to consider before you decide to relocate, so here are a few factors that can help you make the best decision for you and your family.

 

Consider the Bigger Picture
If your move will mean a higher salary and more room for advancement, then it’s likely a good idea. However, it’s best to do some research on the cost of living in your new potential city to ensure that the pay would actually be worthwhile. You should also consider the additional perks of moving. For instance, if relocating would put you closer to family or increase the likelihood that you’ll find an affordable home, job relocation may work well for you.

Location, Location, Location
Even if you’ve already gotten a formal job offer in a new city or state, you should still do a little research to see the best states to live in for jobs. This will help you anticipate your chances of finding another position if anything should happen with your current position. For instance, according to Forbes, Texas is the #1 state for jobs, followed by Nevada and Arizona. You can likely anticipate more overall job security if you move to this region of the country. States that are low on the list include Oklahoma and Georgia. Keep this info in mind as you prepare for your move.

Think About What Relocation Means to You
While a higher paying position may be your prime motivation for job relocation, you should also think about the various ways the move will impact you. Whether you need local movers to help you pack your things, or you’ll be calling on the services of interstate moving companies, make sure the transition is actually worth it. For instance, would the new job allow you to achieve work-life balance? Will your new city provide activities that you and your family enjoy? Does the new job fit into your personal definitions of success and fulfillment? These factors will help you to make an informed decision about relocating for employment.

 

If you decide to accept the job and move you’ll need to figure out how much your move will cost. Check out our post on the how to estimate the cost of your move.