Moving can be an exciting opportunity to experience new things, have a new job or improve your quality of life, but it is important to analyze some details about the new city before making the decision.
Many cities have very different costs and lifestyles, from the large international capitals and even between neighbourhoods in the same state, as in CDMX, where it is not the same to live in the Miguel Hidalgo mayor’s office as in Benito Juarez. But what does the cost of living really mean? What other aspects impact your daily life when moving to a new place?
These are some of the factors that you should take into account when moving to another neighbourhood or changing cities:
The cost of houses and apartments can vary significantly depending on the location. If you are thinking of buying a property in the new city you are moving to, it is important to analyze the real estate offer to find out which house is enough for you and if it meets your family space needs.
Housing is often the biggest expense, but it’s not the only one you’ll face in the new city. The price of services and even food can vary from place to place. Some products are also more or less available depending on where you are. Lastly, it is important to consider the cost of transportation. Is there public transportation? Can you walk to work? Do you need a car? This can make a big difference to your monthly costs.
If you are not moving for work, it is probably important to analyze the availability of employment in the new city. Some destinations are better for job seekers in terms of growth and unemployment rates, but it is important to consider the industries of your interest. Some cities are hubs for certain industries and may not have much job diversity. You must do a correct previous investigation so as not to have difficulties employing you.
Quality of life
A good way to start thinking about your move and how it will change your quality of life is by deciding what things you currently have and what you would like to continue having. For example, if you live in a city with a lot of sporting events and you like to go regularly, you may want to find a place that has similar options. From access to cultural activities, entertainment, parks, gyms and shopping options to be close to friends or family. The quality of life can make the difference between being happy in your new place, or not.
Visiting and exploring the area is one of the best ways to become familiar with the city. At La Haus, we suggest you do it at different times of the year.
Characteristics of the area
A search of the area should include the quality of the schools, the crime rate, and community events. It is important to make sure that the new city and, more specifically, the neighbourhood makes you feel safe and has the services you need so that you really feel at home.
Walk the streets, shop in the premises, and observe the traffic, the noise level and the pedestrians. At night visit the restaurants or places that are of interest to you. Talking with the people who live there will help, they can give you the information you need and clear up any doubts you may have about the neighbourhood.
A final recommendation, if you do not know the new city or have little time to decide where you will live, the ideal is to hire the services of a real estate expert, since, in addition to showing you properties, they will also guide you on the areas that best suit your needs. Remember that at La Haus you receive expert advice at no cost in your home buying process so that you can make the ideal decision.
Arriving in a new city goes hand in hand with some uncertainty, but by following these recommendations you can reduce it.
Remember, your house is the axis of adaptation to a new city and the place where you will develop a sense of belonging, choosing according to your taste, needs and budget is key to starting a new adventure on the right foot.