Americans move a lot. That’s not just a casual observation; research shows that Americans are some of the most mobile people in the world.
So if you’re thinking of moving, you’re certainly not alone. Here are five signs that it might be time for you to move.
1) You dread coming home from vacation.
You’re miles away from home, and you’re having the time of your life. You’re enjoying the food you don’t normally eat, a foreign landscape that feels ripe for exploration, and adventures you’re going to remember for the rest of your life.
But then you’re reminded that you have to leave tomorrow. How do you feel?
A) Bittersweet. It hurts to leave, but there’s a lot back home that’s important to you. You feel fortunate that you get to return to a place you like.
B) Dreadful. You just had an amazing time, and now you have to go back to the same stupid job, with the same boring people, and the same boring weather…you just don’t want to go back to your boring life!
If you answered A, you might be okay where you are. If you answered B, then something needs to change, and it might be your location.
2) Your (real life) social network is shrinking.
No, we’re not talking about your number of Facebook friends!
Perhaps you used to have a large network of close friends and family in your hometown. But for a variety of reasons, people are starting to leave. Your friends are finding new jobs elsewhere, changing their relationship statuses, or simply looking for a change of scenery. Your family members might be leaving for similar reasons, or perhaps they’re getting older and looking for someplace more comfortable to retire.
If there’s someplace else you’ve always wanted to live, now is a great time to make that dream come true! After all, you’re not going to be leaving too much behind, and a new location might be a nice way to get a fresh new start.
3) Better career opportunities exist elsewhere.
Let’s say you’re an entertainment lawyer. Think of the types of cities where jobs in that field are likely to be available: Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, Chicago, etc. But if you live in a small rural town in Idaho, entertainment law probably isn’t the best field to specialize in!
Work is one of the most common reasons to move, and if jobs in your field aren’t available in your hometown, there’s no shame in looking elsewhere.
4) You would have an easier time fitting in somewhere else.
Everyone is different, and no place is for everyone.
Imagine you’re an outdoorsy person who loves hunting and fishing. There are lots of places in the country where you can enjoy those hobbies. New York City isn’t one of them!
It’s important that you feel you fit in where you live, or at least that you enjoy and appreciate the culture. If you feel too much like a square peg in a round hole, you might be a bit happier somewhere else.
5) Your living space is cramping your style.
Maybe you love your city, but your apartment is driving you nuts. Utilities are always breaking down, and the landlord never fixes them! Or your kitchen isn’t big enough for an avid chef like you.
If that’s the case, moving to a new place is a no brainer! You don’t have to leave your city; all you have to do is move a mile or two away.
Let us make your move less stressful.
If you’ve decided it’s time to move, you might be feeling a bit stressed and overwhelmed. This is normal—moving is stressful for most people.
Here at TRISTATE, we work tirelessly to make the moving process easier for you. Whether you’re relocating to a new city or just to a new apartment down the block, we’re here to make your local move a stress free event!