The Pros and Cons of Moving

Should you stay or go: is moving out of state right for you?

Deciding whether or not to move long distance takes careful consideration. Where you live can affect your whole life, from career paths to relationships with friends and family. That’s why many people choose to make a pros and cons list before deciding to relocate.  

Let’s explore some great things about moving and the more challenging aspects to help you decide if a new state is right for you and your family. We’ll also share how U-Pack® can take the stress out of long-distance moving.  

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How to make a pro and con list for moving 

First, grab an electronic device or a pencil and paper to make a list with two columns. Jot down things that come to mind about moving, and sort the items into “Pros” and “Cons.”  

If you’re unsure where something belongs — like starting a new job — make a third column while you think about it.  

The following sections list the most common pros and cons of moving to help get you started. 

Benefits of moving to a new state 

Here are some exciting advantages of living in a new city:   

Adventure and personal growth 

Moving to a new city can be an excellent opportunity to set personal health, financial and wellness goals. You could also join local civic or church groups while exploring new surroundings.  

Expanding your horizons and learning new things about yourself and a different community can be a positive experience. 

A new community represents the chance for a fresh start with a change in scenery. While settling in at your new home and job, seek out new friendships and adventures! 

Educational advancement 

A new town can open educational opportunities for your family. A new school might offer your children better academic programs or different extracurricular activities. And many colleges and universities have cheaper tuition or scholarships specifically for in-state residents. Establishing yourself in a new home state before enrollment can mean significant savings. 

Expanded career opportunities 

Depending on your expertise, relocating can be a great way to find fulfilling employment within your skillset. This is especially true if you’re struggling to find work within your field near your current home. A new area can open job prospects and career advancement opportunities. 

Challenges of relocating 

Moving also has some drawbacks to consider: 

Moving takes time and effort 

Moving is a big time commitment, from packing belongings to finding a new house, job, and routine. But with some careful planning, the work can be easily managed. And when a move is the right decision, it’ll all be worth it in the end! 

Relocating can be expensive 

Moving costs add up — there’s just no way around it. When planning a move, you’ll have to consider buying or renting a new home and various expenses on top of the actual cost of moving services.  

The good news is there are multiple ways to save! Start by  comparing moving services  to see how the costs differ based on the company you choose.  

You have to uproot your life 

It can be tough to move away from family and friends, especially if you’re moving to a new place and don’t know anyone. But don’t worry too much! You can always stay in touch and encourage lots of visits. Check out these tips for saying goodbye to loved ones and staying close after a move.

How U-Pack can help with a positive moving experience 

U-Pack customers can get an affordable move without the stress of working with complicated and expensive moving companies. We’re a DIY service, so you handle the packing, loading and unloading, and then we take care of the driving.  

Our prices are comparable to rental trucks (often cheaper) without all the hassle. Plus, U-Pack is significantly more affordable and much faster than full-service moving, with transit times averaging only 4-6 business days. 

Need some help loading or unloading? It’s no problem since you can add labor to your U-Pack move. Just let us know, and we can refer you to trusted local moving crews for as much or as little help as you need — at a reasonable price compared to full-service movers. 

Read more about why customers choose U-Pack for long-distance moves

Living within a comfort zone is easy by staying in the same place. But even if you experience initial discomfort, thriving somewhere different is possible. Just try to keep an open mind and embrace the new environment! 

Share your thoughts about moving 

We hope this information is helpful as you consider the best and worst things about moving.  

Have you made your list? If we’ve missed something, please leave a comment below! We’d love to hear from you!  

Want more information about all things moving? Check out resources  from our U-Pack moving experts for help planning your move.