Moving across the country is an exciting adventure!
Moving across the country can also be a scary prospect.
There are many things to consider when thinking about moving.
- Where do I go?
- Is this a smart move?
- Why do I want to move?
- Wait, should I really move?
- Where should I go?
- Do I rent or buy?
- Should I really do this?
Okay, you get the point.
Moving across the country requires a great deal of planning and consideration before making the big decision.
Let’s say you picked the area.. San Diego. Sure, why not?
San Diego is lovely and has a great deal to offer. Beautiful beaches, great food, theme parks, and more. San Diego is considered to be a great place to retire but it is also good for the younger folks. This is especially true given the educational system. San Diego has 23 higher education options including University of San Diego and University of California- San Diego. One of the things that I love about University of California- San Diego is the library and all of the art sculptures around campus.
Not to worry, if you are not looking to retire or to attend college, there are still plenty of options of things to do in San Diego. So let’s figure out where to live.
Personally, I would not move to a new area and immediately purchase a home.
Renting your next home is a great option.
Budget and neighborhood safety are the two most important factors for almost everyone when choosing where to live. Most people will not compromise of safety. However, many people do compromise on budget.
It is a mistake to compromise on budget.
According to Zumper, the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in San Diego, CA is $2,050. A studio is $1800 and a 2-bedroom apartment is $2,740. Budget matters!
Set your top budget and do not go above it. Moving will offer many unexpected expenses. As well, you need to consider the cost of utilities.Your housing budget should not be compromised. If you find that your budget is too limiting than consider renting with a roommate. Click To Tweet
I love that Zumper offers real-time analysis of the rent market so I would definitely check that out. It will help tremendously as you set budget and continue your research process.
Narrow Your Location
Safety first. Check out the crime rates nd the general feel of each neighborhood that you are considering. Ask question of the rental agent and people in the area.
Consider the commute for anyone who works outside of the home or goes to school. As well look at how close the grocery store, gym and other things that you enjoy are to the community that you choose.
Renting allows you to live in the area that you think is best for you and make sure you like it before you stake a more permanent claim.
For example, you may think that you will adore Pacific Beach but later realize that Mission Beach is the place for you.
Before filling out an application be sure to ask all of your questions. Common questions in the California rental market include:
- Is parking on the premises?
- Is parking included? If not, how much is it?
- Are utilities included?
- What are the rental insurance guidelines?
- Are there any specials?
- What is the process for applying for the rental?
- What is the cost of applying for the rental?
- When will the apartment I want be available?
- What is the move out policy?
Now that you have found your apartment, it is time to move. Congratulations!