Moving is a good opportunity to seeing new places, meeting new people and seeing new and exciting things. However not all cities are equal when it comes to living costs. The cost of housing and everyday needs can vary between cities. It's important to consider everything when making a big decision such as moving to a new city or inter-state.
Before you pack up and move to the other side of the country, you should consider the job market. Unless work and a new job is the reason you are moving of course. It still pays to research the job market should your new endeavours not be fulfilling. Is there regular job vacancies in your career? Is unemployment high? Are there opportunities for a new career path? All things you should be educated on.
What is the current market like? Will you buy a house or choose to rent? Costs of housing can vary greatly between suburbs and whether you lease an apartment, house or unit. Housing can be more costly the closer to the CBD you live. Try looking in outer suburbs, those which are close to amenities such as shopping centres, rail and bus routes.
Research features such as quality of local schools, crime rates and community events. If you have pets, check for local off lease dog areas and parks for the kids to play at. Moving to a new city can be scary enough, so its top priority to want to feel safe and welcome in your new neighbourhood. Is there quality public transport at hand? How will you get to work if you don't live near?
QUALITY OF LIFE
What will your quality of life be? Are there things to do that you are interested in. If you love the outdoors, are there places to hike or camp. Is the night life to your standard? Are there annual festivals you would love to visit? Think of all the things you love to do that make you happy, be it the gym or attending your religions house of worship. You should also question if you are willing to compromise or do you need these things in your life.
As a tip, take a sightseeing trip to visit and explore the city you are thinking about moving too. It's a really good way to see if you fit well and would love to come back to see and experience more.