Read up on the factors you should consider prior to taking a job in another city

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Costs of Relocation
What are the Long Term Consequences?
Weigh the Pros and Cons
Further Resources

When you are searching for a job you may come across one that involves relocating to another city. If this happens to you then you have a lot to think about. For the single person, the decision is not that difficult because while it does affect other people in your life, it is not as serious a decision as it would be if you were married and had children.

When a person is older, has a family and is at a later stage in their career, they tend to have more ties to their community and although it may not be a bad decision to make a move, it will take much more planning. There is a lot more at stake including many close friends, an established home and family in your area. This may make a decision to leave that much more difficult.  Here are a couple of things to consider:

Costs of Relocation

Before you make such a big decision, you will want to know that the job that you are considering is a good fit for you. One major factor in relocation may be the cost. You should investigate the costs of relocating – see http://moving.about.com/od/preparingforyourmove/a/moving_costs.htm .

What are the Long Term Consequences?

You should only relocate because you want to do it, not because you feel like you should. Speak to as many people as you possibly can about your decision and spend a few driving around and acquainting yourself with the area and get a feeling about what it would be like to live there, if this is possible.

Weigh the Pros and Cons

Write out a plan on paper which includes a budget and a plan for the unknown. List all of the pros and the cons of making the move. There is a certain point where you should go with your gut instinct, so if you feel that the move would be a good one for you, then you should seriously consider that relocation might be a great choice for you. What do you have to gain and what do you have to lose?

Here are some more great resources:

http://www.sheknows.com/home-and-gardening/articles/807547/before-moving-to-a-new-city
http://thoughtcatalog.com/kate-tully/2013/12/5-things-to-consider-when-moving-to-a-new-city/
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2013/02/01/4-things-to-consider-before-moving-to-a-new-city
http://www.forbes.com/sites/moneybuilder/2013/04/25/should-you-consider-moving-cities-for-a-job/