DBI has seen a marked increase in relocating in recent months. The pandemic has driven people to new places, with or without a job.  If you’re ready for a lifestyle change, career growth, lower cost of living, to be closer to family, or really any reason then relocating might be worth it. Suburban living continues to grow in popularity as a growing number of young professionals look for homes with offices, enclosed backyards, and open space, perks that can be difficult to find in bigger cities.

However, even with the advantages, it is a significant decision that should not be taken lightly.  Let’s review some potential advantages associated with relocating, along with some factors that you should consider before making a final decision.

Common Advantages and Disadvantages of Relocation

Although there are some short-term costs, design recruiters like to remind candidates that there will be plenty of long-term gains if they decide to relocate for new opportunities. It usually depends on your circumstances. For instance, relocating can provide you with a higher salary, lower cost of living, greater job security, more career advancement, a healthier lifestyle, a shorter commute, and remote work opportunities. Relocating might be worth it if you move away from a high-tax state to one of the nine states that don’t have income taxes. On the other hand, you need to research the challenges too. From the cost of moving to leaving close friends behind, don’t overlook the potential negative impacts of relocating your life. Do your research!

Important Considerations Before Relocating

Receiving a new job offer is exciting because it usually comes with a higher salary. Making sure that the numbers are correct is just the first step to accepting the new role. There are plenty of other essential things to consider determining if relocating might be worth it. For instance, you need to learn who is responsible for the moving expenses since they can be significant. Review your company’s relocation policy before signing any contracts.

Next, collect some market research to help determine the company’s track record because you certainly don’t want to uproot your life for a position that could be downsized in the foreseeable future. Always ask your architecture recruiter if there will be career advancement opportunities after relocating. If you don’t have a healthy relationship with your current boss, make sure you have some rapport with the new leadership before committing. Finally, always have some options to fall back on if the new gig doesn’t pan out.

Relocating for work is becoming more common than it used to be. Even though a move might improve your financial situation, make sure you’re not taking one step forward and two steps back. Don’t forget about those hidden costs of relocating or how it would impact your spouse, children, friends, and lifestyle. Then, you can determine what you stand to gain versus what you’re leaving behind.


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