Ready for a change? Maybe you’re looking for a new job? Before you make a final decision, it’s always important to do your research and understand exactly what you’re getting into. Here’s our recommendation for finding the best and cheapest city for your specific situation.
- Decide what’s important to you. It’s best if you sit down with all involved with the move and agree on your priorities. Maybe your first priority is for the city to be pedestrian-friendly, while you’re wife wants to ensure the schools are highly-rated. It’s important to sort these things out before you start your search.
- Once you pick a few cities of interest, compare them: Use tools similar to the free tool below to compare neighborhood and community statistics. a. Free community comparison tool: http://www.onboardnavigator.com/1.5/webcontent/obwc_search.aspx?AID=63
- Find best option for your profession: Use the below salary calculator tools to get an estimate of your potential salary in the new city. a. Salary calculator tool by Monster: http://monster.salary.com/
- Do a cost of living analysis: Use this free tool to analyze cost of living for the new city. a. Cost of living tool by Sperling: http://www.bestplaces.net/col/
- Talk through the pros and cons: Once you’ve pulled together all of this information, get together with your family to discuss the pros and cons of each place.
- Make a collective decision and start the move or job search process!
Does anyone have other tips? How did you decide where you were going to move?