The Different Reasons that People Move

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What Makes People Move?

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In this era of transient culture and globalization, relocation has become a significant part of life all around the world. A move can be spurred by personal or professional reasons that require a change of residence, or it can be an attempt to change your life. Here are several major reasons why people choose to move and discover life in a brand new place.

Personal Reasons

Many people relocate for reasons connected to their families, quality of life, or general aesthetics. It is never an easy task, and it is certainly not something that anyone should enter into lightly.

Some people move for reasons tied to their families. Perhaps a relative is ill in a faraway location and you would like to be nearby to care for them. Or maybe you would rather raise your child on an expansive farm instead of a cramped brownstone. Some families outgrow a house and require a larger abode to fit their growing brood.

Equally important as family-inspired moves are relocations performed to improve one's quality of life. Schools may be better in one area than another, and since education is the key to opening many future doors, it is important for families to find a place where academics are strong and widely supported in the community.

Some areas are more desirable than others, and some places are dangerous to live in for an extended period of time. Occasionally, one might seek a short walk to numerous amenities such as convenience stores, transit stations, and libraries.

Finally, there are moves that are done for aesthetic purposes. While it may not be essential to relocate, it certainly wouldn't be a negative thing either. Old homes may feel stuffy or boring, and a change of scenery is always welcome for some individuals. Weather patterns or natural resources may be more favorable in a different climate. Sometimes, people miss their vacation homes so much during the year that it's only sensible to move there year-round.

Professional Reasons

Many times, business relocations force employees to uproot and move elsewhere. Rather than face longer commutes, some people would prefer living near their job. Moving professionally also impacts your personal life and the connection should never be forgotten.

Some companies are forced to reassign employees to new locations to cover staffing demands. Employees may find themselves moving across town, across the country, or even overseas. Most times, the cost of moving is covered by the company. The cost of commuting, initial stays in the new area, and creating paperwork (notably for international relocations) are often covered as well. Since this can be a drastic change, counseling fees are often built into the cost the company will cover as well.

Sometimes, people may be looking to move to find a new job (rather than relocating with a current employer). This is a great reason to move as it opens up new possibilities while simultaneously introducing the individual to a new culture. Before finalizing your move, collect as much information about your new area as possible, including the cost of living, transportation methods, local culture, and the like.

TIP: Make sure there are ample opportunities for your desired employment in your new location long before you move. Follow trends and make sure you will have job security.

Arrange for temporary accommodations as soon as you set a moving date, and always have a back-up plan ready. Tell your employer about the move at least two weeks in advance and be receptive to ideas and suggestions he or she may have. When you arrive, immediately begin interviewing and making good, professional impressions on those you meet.

Business Relocation

Many managers are faced with the difficulty of weighing the benefits of an office move. It is never an easy decision, but there are many reasons why moving an office can be beneficial.

Some companies move to follow or capture the current market trends. This may boost business and lead to an increase in profits. New markets are particularly appealing as the business can approach a fresh, open-minded customer base. Other companies move to places where competition is low, guaranteeing at least moderate success.

Economics weigh heavily on business relocations. The cost of maintaining an office and staff may be significantly lower in the suburbs or rural areas than in large cities. While rent, utilities, and labor may be less expensive, supply deliveries and other materials may cost significantly more.

Like families, good businesses tend to grow over time. Expansion is a big reason why companies move into new offices. When companies are extremely large (notably utility and manufacturing companies), they may purchase large developments of houses near the business for employees to inhabit. This makes moving easier as a home will already be made available to you.

Other Considerations

Regardless of what your reason for moving is, there are considerations every prospective individual planning a move must make. You must weigh these considerations against your reasons for moving to make sure that you are ready to relocate:
  • Visualize how the move impacts your life and well-being
  • Ask friends and family for their input
  • Find a place that balances your needs and your desires
Next, begin creating a financial plan. This is only a rough estimate but it will give you a good idea of how your move fits into your budget. Since no one can move for free, don't try to cut corners entirely or else you'll find yourself spending far more money fixing mistakes than you would have spent moving properly in the first place. If you can balance your economic situation with your need to relocate, you will be in a very good situation.

After you have a basic budget, stake out a neighborhood you like and that works with your search criteria.

It should be affordable but it should also feel right for your new home. Since your move does not end on moving day, plan ahead to make sure you'll still love your new home several months after relocating.

There are many reasons for moving. Regardless of why you're deciding to move, be sure to balance your reason with the constraints of your life. It will make your move less stressful and much simpler in the end.

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on August 28, 2009

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