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To Move, Or Not To Move, To A New City?

5 signs that it’s time to relocate to a new city.

Let's start with the story of Peter McCarter and Catherine.

Peter McCarter wakes up one morning

He opens the drapes to soak in the morning sun…

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Instead, he is greeted with the WIP high-rise, which almost blocked the sunlight and the only tree across the street which Peter passed up for a view all these years.

He was disappointed. He goes to the kitchen to work up a coffee.

Peter sits down on the bed and pulls out his phone to check his work email.

He has 15 emails from the same client asking him to make the exact same changes he spent all of yesterday trying to convince them that it would wreck their project.

Peter sighs. Another disappointment.

He shoots an email to his team. Do as the client says.

He addresses another email to his boss.

Peter wishes Catherine, was there with him.

She is currently on a sabbatical trip to India. The fact that she hadn’t asked Peter to accompany her was proof that their relationship wasn’t at it’s best right now.

Everything seemed like it was falling apart.

Moving to a new city and starting afresh...

has been on Catherine’s mind for a while now.

She hoped Peter would agree to the idea. Especially because she knew he needed it just as much as she did.

But Peter was the kind to wait till the absolute breaking point before making a major decision.

Maybe, this was the breaking point.

Peter called in sick. Opens his laptop. Logs into Reddit.

And asks…

What is the best city to relocate to from NY?

The internet works its charm. In a few minutes, random strangers shower Peter with their wisdom.

Peter scans through the answers to find the one with the most upvotes.

‘Move to Boston’, it said.

Peter did.

He found the perfect job in Boston.

Sorted out all his issues with Catherine. They bought a beautiful apartment together. And, as clichéd as it may sound, live happily ever after.

Amazing, isn’t it?

Now, we know you're hoping and praying that things work out as perfectly for you as they did for Peter.

But let us tell you something.

Peter McCarter is a made-up, fictional character.

The happy ending was designed to work for him.

Unless you’re the main character in a movie, or God’s absolute favorite child, this doesn’t happen in real life.

If you’re seriously thinking about moving to a new city, random internet searches won’t help much.

In fact, trusting internet strangers with such an important decision of your life, can ruin the whole experience for you.


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Here’s why trusting strangers might not be a great idea...

  1. No matter how specific you are, everyone on these discussion forums and websites will interpret your question in a different way. And therefore, answer solely based on what they understand.
  2. Their answers will be heavily biased and based on very limited knowledge because, how often does a person move in their lifetime?
  3. There is absolutely no way to check and verify the credibility of even the most genuine looking user who answers your question. It could be an overconfident high-schooler or a jobless Karen giving you advice. There’s no way to know.

What you really need to do is talk to trusted experts who know the business and understands the market.


NextBurb can help you get your neighborhood choice right

If you’ve made up your mind about when and where you want to move, get in touch with us right away.

If you’re still debating whether to move or not, or the right neighborhood to move to, keep reading.

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Relocating is a big deal

It is also a decision that will impact your life in A LOT of ways.

But sometimes, it’s what you need to grow.
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If you’re unsure whether to move or not to move, answer these 5 questions.

1. Is the rent burning a massive hole in your pocket?

Living in a city comes with its fair share of pros and cons.

But if the cost of living and your home rent is burning a hole in your pocket, it’s time to reconsider if the expenses are worth it.

We’ve put together the cost of living index and the rent index for some of the most popular cities in the USA.

This should help you decide which city would be ideal to live in, based on your budget.

City

Cost of Living Index

Rent Index

Cost of Living Plus Rent Index

SFO

94.83

113.26

103.49

NY

100

100

100

Boston

88.24

79.03

81.91

Seattle

87.96

70.98

81.80

LA

81.70

76.21

79.12

Denver

72.84

54.16

64.07

Dallas

66.00

49.25

58.13

Las Vegas

68.41

37.93

54.09

Phoenix

66.17

39.67

53.72

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2. Have you lived in the same city all your life?

Always wondered what living in another city would feel like?

Some people can spend their whole lives living in the exact same place and be perfectly content with it. While there are others who are curious about the outside world.

If you’ve been spending a lot of time day-dreaming about moving to a different city, now is the perfect time to do it.

Ask your company about remote working policies. Or look for a new job in a new city.

What’s the point of dreaming about something but never really doing anything to make it come true?

Don’t be one of those people. Take a leap of faith and move out.

3. Do you finally have an offer letter for your dream job, but it’s in a new city?

There couldn’t be a situation more perfect than this. You’ve worked hard to get your dream job. And it has paid off.

With the offer letter in your hand, you’re only one step away from making your dreams come true.

Don’t let fear hold you back. Hop on that plane and chase your dreams.

4. Do you want to stay close to your family?

You’d be surprised to know how many young couples relocate to a new city because of their families.

A lot of people relocate to stay close to their aged parents so they can be around to help them whenever possible. See the stats below.

A lot of people relocate to stay not-very-close to their families, too.

We’re not judging here. But if you fall into any of these categories, maybe, it’s time to move.

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5. Do you absolutely have to work out of the office?

With WFH benefits, location independent jobs, and a new-found respect for life and freedom, a lot of people have been rethinking their lifestyle decisions.

Staying close to the workplace is one of the biggest reasons people live in big cities. And put up with hefty rents.

There’s no reason why you shouldn’t make the most of it.

We agree that moving is a big decision

But if you say yes to the 5 questions we asked, we promise that it’ll be the best decision you ever make.

Think about it.

NextBurb can help with your Neighborhood Discovery

It’s not something we just say, for the sake of it.

NextBurb’s Concierge Service is truly revolutionary! It runs on a revolutionary search engine that collects information from multiple, verified sources and teases it into graspable data for decisions.

Even better, the entire service is FREE to you.

The Concierge Service is exclusively designed for work-from-home professionals and families who seek comfort in like-minded communities. You have 3-6 months to make your move and you haven’t done any research yet.

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