Moving home has been listed as one of the topmost stressful things in one’s life. One in 10 people actually finds moving so taxing that they suffer from severe anxiety and depression in the period surrounding the move. Research has proven that moving out of state has added pressure to the move, as it is removing the person completely from their comfort zone. So, just why do so many people move to completely new states? If moving is this stressful, why are more than 7 million Americans moving to new states and over a million moving out of the country completely? Family, romance, and careers are the top defining reasons.
On average, people move and live in more than 10 homes in their lifetime. Psychologists have pinpointed the stress as emanating from the fact that most people see their homes as a safe haven. Once you start considering removing yourself from your matrix of safety, anxiety, doubt, and panic can start setting in. Moving is essentially forcing people to move away from their comfortable repetitive behavior and settle in a life of which they are unsure. Moving from one state to another is then adding the removal of your familiar environments and forcing you to adapt to new ones.
Luckily, many companies have gone to lengths to remove a large chunk of stress out of the moving process and made the physical move that much easier. We took a look at the top reasons why people relocate during their lifetime.
You Family Has Grown
This is one of the most common reasons for someone moving their home and even state. A change in relationship status from single to either coupled or married will often causes a person to move home or even state for their significant other. People will also move to be closer to other family or with the introduction of children to theirs.
Many adoptive parents have been known to move state or even country completely to be near their new child. Millions of people move overseas too after meeting someone in a different country. Whether it be on holiday, or even online, many are taking the plunge to be closer to their love interest and not allow distance to keep them apart.
Your Job has Taken You Somewhere Else
Work and job requirements are also one of the biggest contributors to someone relocating from their hometown. The offer of a new job, with better perks and a bigger salary, is a sure way to get someone to consider a new home. However, it is not only about moving to bigger and better. In many cases, a person will find themselves in financial difficulty and without a job. This will force them into moving into something more affordable.
In certain cases, the change in a job could mean a total change in lifestyle. Many people find themselves traveling more, or on the road more frequently. This will push them to reconsider a family home in the suburbs and rather want to be in a bustling city, close to transport or airports.
You are Starting School or College
Education has been a key aspect to push people to move home. Many families will uproot the family home to be nearer school districts, or if they wish their children to attend more prestigious schools. Many families learn that they need to live in a certain area for their children to be accepted by the schools. They will, therefore, move home to be in the catchment area for the chosen school.
Getting into college and tertiary education is also a key factor for someone to move state. It is many students’ dream to be accepted into Ivy League schools, and if this happens, the student will most often have to move from their hometown to live on campus to complete their studies.
Your Nest is Emptying
Children are clearly one of the biggest reasons for relocation to a new home or state. Many parents feel like they need to downgrade their homes once the offspring leaves to go to college or start their own lives. Whether it be a cost factor, a problem with the size of their home, empty nests are the perfect time to move to something more suited to your new lifestyle.
You are Wanting a Different Climate
Millions of people long to be in a warmer climate. The global wish to be on a hot island, lazing on the beach, with a cocktail in hand is almost too good to not long for. Many of the lucky ones make this a reality for themselves and move to a warmer, more relaxed area to continue working and living there.
Sometimes, however, it is not based solely on the weather. Thousands of tourists have been known to fall in love with the city that they are visiting and end up living there. Whether it be the cultural appeal, the geographic positioning, or as we mentioned earlier, a love interest, a new city has plenty of appeal for a new resident.
You Are Upgrading Your Lifestyle
Whether the new job has become very lucrative, or you have come into some money, moving home and even state can mean a significant upgrade to your status. Whether it is moving to a larger, more opulent home or even your dream home, an increase in cash flow can make this more appealing, and more possible.
Whatever the reason for you wanting to make the big change, you will need to keep a few things in mind before making the big leap. First, you need to be mentally prepared for the stress and uncertainty that comes. Even if you are not moving out of state, packing up a house can be a long and tedious process. Even fully prepared, you will find that the moving day is packed with unexpected surprises. Secondly, do your research into your new neighborhood and surroundings before you move. You will need to have a basic knowledge of the layout of the area and where to find amenities. Lastly, have a trustworthy partner to assist you with the move. Not only will they take the added stress out of moving your assets, but they are trained to deal with any emergencies thrown your way.
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