Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Goodbye To The Neighborhood: When Families Move Long Distance

Once upon a time, people’s lives occurred in much the same areas. Before a time of mass transportation, most people would grow up, marry, live, and die, in much the same geographical location. That’s a trend that has been being reversed since the late 19th century, and the digital age - combined with globalization - means it shows no sign of showing.

Does the idea of moving long distance fill you with terror? There are genuine reasons why families decide to undertake such a huge move. Maybe not now, but perhaps in the future, you might find yourself willing to make the trip - as so many families already have.

#1 - School Opportunities
We all want to give our kids the best start in life, and we all acknowledge that the best way of achieving that is through a good education. But what if there isn’t a good education where you currently live? Studies have shown that couples with children are the most likely demographic to move long distance, and schooling priorities are a huge contributory factor.

If you are tempted into such a move, then it’s best to do when your children are younger and are more able to adjust to such a big change. This also means they will have a friendship group established for longer, as it can be tough for teenagers to integrate into new schools.

#2 - Better House Prices
Good news - the housing market is doing pretty well! Bad news - wages aren’t rising at the same rates, so people are finding themselves priced out of properties in popular areas. This is a real problem for families, especially if you don’t want a bigger house out of a desire for a mansion - but more because you need room for all the kids you want to have.

In this scenario, you’re likely to get far more for your money if you move to a more affordable state. While you’ll have to add in the extra costs of the move such as an interstate removalist and storage facilities, you can still save a lot of money if you move from expensive states (such as New York or California) to more affordable options (North Dakota; Ohio).

#3 - To Be Closer To Family
College and the job market has a tendency to spread families - who might once have lived in the same village - all over the map. When you start to have kids yourself, not being close to your parents particularly can become difficult to cope with. For one thing, you’re missing out on a lot of free childcare, as well as the emotional support that being close to home brings.

The average person only lives around 18 miles from their parents, and that’s for good reason. It’s not about being tied to the apron strings or being afraid to venture out alone, it’s that family matters when life gets tough, and you want the security of your dearest - so they can also be your nearest.

So while a huge, long distance move might not be something you’re contemplating right now, there are three viable reasons why it could be a good move for the future.