How many times have we all considered upping and leaving? Nothing beats those everyday blues like the dream of moving somewhere no one knows your name. For the most part, the vision fades with the mood, and we get back on with life. If that idea keeps cropping up for you, though, it might be time to give it a crack. That’s right; we’re talking long distance house moves! The majority of us have some experience of moving, but few of us take the leap to move a long way. Are you dreaming of moving to another state? Or, do you want to move to another country altogether? Whichever it is, there’s a lot to consider. Here’s are a few of the main things you’ll need to think about.
Let’s not pretend moving house is easy. It’s not. And, moving long distance is harder. Not only are you uprooting your home, but your life, too! If you have kids, you’ll need to think about school. You’ll also need to consider what you plan to do about your job! But, aside from those life changing choices, you also have to deal with the process of moving! A process that’s going to be a lot harder depending on the distance you’re going. If you’re moving to a new country, you need to get to grips with how house moves work there. Every country has different standards and different rules. Do you need to apply for a visa before you buy? Do you need to learn a new language? You’ll also need to think about finding a moving company that can go the whole stretch with you. This will be easier if you’re moving across states. If you’re moving country, you’ll have whole oceans to navigate! It’s also important to remember that living abroad is very different to visiting a resort for one week. It may be worth paying a visit to your chosen area and trying to get an idea of what actually living there would be like!
Practical stuff aside, think about the personal impact of leaving everything you know. Whatever your choice, you’re going to be moving away from the friends and family who surround you. You may think you’ll be okay with the lonely life, but it’s easy to say that before you get there! Yes, you’ll have your immediate family. But, you won’t have anyone to turn to if you need a babysitter. You won’t have any family of your own to keep you sane when things get too much. And, it’s not only you that will be affected by the move. Your children will also be leaving behind everyone and everything they know. Worse, it wasn’t their choice to do so. Spend a long time considering whether your kids will thank you for it in the long run. If you’re struggling, it might help to remember why you’ve chosen the move in the first place. Are you taking them to a better life?