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Whether you’re single or raising a family, people move for many different reasons. Some people are what you would call “young and free” with nothing tying them down to a particular location. Other’s move because of their jobs or because they simply want a change in scenery. But regardless of the reason for your move, picking up your current life and planting your roots in a new state is a major life-changing event.

Before you embark on such a new journey with new beginnings, it’s important you do your research to make sure your new state is the right move for you.

Important Considerations to Think About Before Moving to a New State

The Job Market

Ideally, you would want to have a job lined up in the state you’re moving to before you actually get there, but that’s not the case for everyone. Your livelihood is what determines your survival in a new city and state, therefore you need a secure career.

If you’re not relocating because your current job is transferring you, then you need to make it a point to research your job type or area of expertise to see how abundant your skills will translate there, and if there is even a need in the market for your talents.

If the state you’re considering doesn’t have a high demand for your industry, you may need to consider a different state.

The Cost of Living

When you move to a different state, there’s always the possibility that your salary will change with the position you acquire. But with that shift in salary, it will also bring about a shift in that state’s cost of living as well… What it costs to live in Tennessee is very different from what it costs to live in California.

Costs of living include everything from the price of gas and groceries to the rate of rent and utilities. You just have to do your research on the state you want to move to because there could be things you didn’t expect that are actually awesome perks.

For example, Did you know that states like Connecticut allow you to compare electric rates just by entering your zip code? This option allows residents to choose where they want to get their electricity from, how it’s generated, and how much to pay. In most states, your zoning impacts where you pay your utilities and the price as well.

Healthcare

Moving means that you’ll be embarking on a fresh new journey but it also means that there will changes in your healthcare, especially from an insurance perspective. According to US News, residents in southern states are more likely to skip an appointment due to cost. The Northeastern and Midwestern states are less likely.

That just goes to show you that the cost of healthcare varies from state to state so you want to make sure that where you’re moving to accepts your health insurance. If it doesn’t you need to try to find an insurance provider that fits your budget and doctors within your network.

Also, remember that you’re no longer going to have your same primary care doctor so you’re going to have to find a new one. This also applies to other healthcare professionals as well like dentists, dermatologists, and eye doctors.

To ensure you receive the best healthcare possible in your new location, talk to your doctors about your move and see if they have any connections in your new location, and could refer you as a patient.

Climate/Weather

Everything from rain frequency to humidity levels, every state is known for its weather and climate. Some states have harsher conditions than others and that reason alone is why it’s so important to look into this particular aspect before you move.

If you move to a state that has frequent hurricanes or tornados, that could mean your housing insurance rates could increase. It could also require you to have multiple policies to ensure full protection of your property too.

You may think “it’s just weather” but the weather conditions of your new state could have a serious impact on your finances. Also, the climate is something that you’ll have to adjust to. If you’re from a warmer state like Florida and move to a state like Illinois, where harsh winters are inevitable, your adjustment to the climate and weather could be quite difficult.

Moving can be one of the best experiences in your life simply because of the new beginnings it brings…. but it can also be a stressful time as well. To make your move as smooth as possible, you’ll want to plan ahead and downsize as much as you can but you also have to look at the big considerations as well, like the job market, cost of living, and climate/weather.

 Follow these tips to ensure you have a smooth transition to your new journey in life.