Moving can be an overwhelming experience, but it can also bring new friends, opportunities, and incredible experiences into your life. As you make the decision about whether or not to relocate for your job, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Consider the cost. Before you decide to relocate, think through your finances. Will your compensation change due to a promotion? Will your cost of living go up or down in the area you’re moving to? Will you lose a partner’s income or increase costs for childcare? These are all important considerations to work through prior to a move.

Get your spouse or partner on board. Before agreeing to a relocation, it’s important to ensure your partner is ready to move. Work through any job or lifestyle changes that you both may encounter and decide together if relocating for your job is the right choice for you.

Find the right community. Do your research to find a great home that matches your needs, and ask for help from a Realtor®. If you love to hike, consider a neighborhood ideal for outdoor adventures. If you’re looking for a great community, browse city, library, and other similar websites to get an idea of how people interact with each other in the area you’re considering. Better yet, plan a visit to tour the community before you move.

Make a plan to integrate. Create an easier transition by making a plan to get to know your new home. Be a tourist in your new city to explore the area. Join meet-up, community, or religious groups to make new friends. Identify a good counselor if you know you’ll need extra support for your mental health as you make this transition. Above all, keep an open mind and be ready to discover your new surroundings.

Some employers offer support for relocation. If your employer does not, at Gillian Cunningham Realty, we provide concierge services for things like community tours, finding the perfect new home and schools for you and your family, movers, and more. Call us today to find out how we can support you during your relocation.

(Article by Gillian Cunningham of Gillian Cunningham Realty Group. For more Real Estate Tips, visit or AskGillianCunningham on Instagram and Facebook.)