Moving: it’s one of life’s most stressful events, and also one of the most common. Don’t let that fool you, though – no two moves are created equal. Recently, research bodies have begun to evaluate the reasons people move, and the answers are stunning. In areas like the New York City metro zone, which loses about 277 people each day, people relocate for a remarkable assortment of reasons.
In this post, we’re going to talk about why people choose to make the big move and how that may tie into your decision to relocate. Let’s dive in.
Why People Move
Is it for a job? To be closer to family? For a change of scenery? It turns out, the answer is a little bit of everything. Here’s a breakdown on recent moving trends in the U.S.:
People moving to study at a different U.S. college or university
People moving for new job opportunities
Families with young children are moving to locate better schools and housing
Seniors are moving to states with low taxes and more affordable senior housing, such as Nevada and Florida
People are moving to U.S. cities with low rates of crime and good weather conditions
Many of our older population are downsizing
People are moving outside of major cities to the suburbs
As moving becomes more popular, more people are starting to undertake interstate moves. Today, about 70% of moves are interstate. The reasons for this burgeoning number are complex: people are moving to find something better, and sometimes that takes them a long way from what used to be home.
5 Tips to Simplify Your Move
If you’re facing a big move in the near future, you’re not alone. That, in and of itself, though, doesn’t make moving any less stressful. Here are a few things that can help:
Plan your move for the off-season. While moving in the winter might not sound appealing, it’s a great time to move. Moving companies are less busy, and it will be less expensive to hire a professional mover.
Enlist your friends. It takes a village to move effectively. Instead of going it on your own, ask your family and friends to pitch in.
Start packing before you relocate. This is especially important for long-distance moves. Instead of waiting to the last minute, start packing your things well before your move takes place. You’ll save yourself time, energy, and stress.
Get rid of things you don’t need. Before you move, get rid of that box that you’ve never unpacked. Go through your closets and donate clothes you no longer wear and consider giving away some unused household items. This process of purging your belongings will lighten the load, thereby making your move easier and more affordable – since many moving companies charge by the volume or weight of items you’re moving.
Learn to pack. The better you pack your items, the easier and safer your move will be. For your convenience, here’s a list of our top packing tips.