If you are not relocating for work but for your own reasons, it’s probably important to look into job availability in your potential new city. Some cities are better for job seekers in terms of growth and unemployment rates, but it’s a good idea to take into account your industries of interest. Some cities are hubs for certain industries and may not have a lot of job diversity. It’s important to do your homework so you won’t be unemployed and struggling to adjust for too long.
Can You Afford It?
Affordability is huge. Homes for sale in Toronto are going to be pricier than a home in North Vancouver, obviously. It is important to ask yourself whether or not you can comfortably pay your monthly bills. Do you have enough savings to pay your mortgage, regardless of your job? While you’re evaluating the cost, budget your other monthly expenses, too. If you fall short, consider adding a roommate into the equation.
People tend to forget about transportation, but it’s a significant expense that should be factored in. Some cities have better public transit systems than others, and in many parts of the country, you’ll need to have a car to get around. You’ll also want to think about your commute to and from work, as well as the impact your commute will have on your overall budget.
How Noisy Will it Be There?
That question may seem odd at first until you consider that there are people who struggle to sleep after moving due to the noise pollution in their area. If you’re considering moving close to the highway—or from the country to the city—pay close attention to how loud it is while you tour a potential home. Is it something a fan or white noise machine can fix, or will it slowly drive you insane?
How to Meet People?
If you’re moving to a city where you know absolutely no one, meeting people and making friends can seem extremely daunting. But, just like they tell you in high school and college, getting involved will introduce you to a world of new people. Join a church or a gym, take a class, attend a meetup or find some other social activity. Don’t forget to check out if your college has an alumni chapter in your new city. That’s a great way to meet people, and you have a built-in common interest – your college.