Moving to a New City? Things to Consider Before Renting or Buying

01 Dec 2021

Moving to a New City? Things to Consider Before Renting or Buying

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When you’re moving to a new city, especially for something like work, it might be extremely tempting to immediately put down roots and settle into your new location. 


Especially if you have children, you might want to purchase a home to give them security after their move, and to make everyone settle in and feel more comfortable in your new surroundings. You’ll be a little more comfortable in your space if you’re the one who owns it, after all! However, there are a few reasons why you might want to consider renting (at least initially) instead of buying a home in your new city. 


Plus, these considerations aren’t just for those who have just recently moved to new cities – these are factors to take into account for those who might just be looking into home ownership in general. 


Renting vs. Buying: What to Consider 

There’s no singular answer as to whether renting or buying might be right for you. It’s a highly personal decision that depends on where you’re at in your life, your financial situation, and really just whether or not you’re ready for home ownership. In addition to these personal considerations, you’ll also have to assess and take into account the state of the housing market in your existing or new area, and whether or not it’s a good idea to invest in a home right now. 



If you’re just moving to a new city or town, it can be tempting to skip renting and just get settled immediately by putting down roots and buying a home. However, that’s a big commitment! Especially if you’re not familiar with a neighborhood or a city in general, you might not want to rush into buying a home there just yet. Additionally, if you’ve just moved long-distance and haven’t visited the area you’re moving to before, you might want to hold off on buying until you’re a little more familiar with the area and what each neighborhood around you offers. That way, once you’ve been able to adjust and figure out where you like and where you don’t, you can either start house shopping accordingly, or continue to bide your time. 


Home buying is a huge commitment, and you shouldn’t jump into home ownership unless you see yourself living somewhere for at least the next 5 years. If you’re just moving to a new area and maybe aren’t familiar with the dynamic (or if you are unable to view potential homes in person), renting for at least your first year might be a better bet. 


Personal Considerations

As we mentioned before, buying a home is a huge commitment, and you need to make sure that you’re ready for that kind of decision. When considering buying a home, especially in a new area, ask yourself some questions. Do you see yourself living in this area long-term? What are your personal future goals? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you have children, what do you see their future bringing in the next 5 years? Are you financially ready for home ownership? Before jumping into home ownership, make sure you’re personally and financially ready. 


House Hunting

If you’re moving to a new area, you’re already under a lot of pressure with your relocation process. The last thing you probably want to do prior to coordinating a long-distance move is also trying to view and buy a home in a new area while you’re at it. Buying a home is already stressful and confusing by itself – throw a long-distance relocation into the mix, and you’re setting yourself up for stress! Give yourself a break, and maybe save the house hunt for after you’ve already lived in the area for a little while in a rental home. 


No matter if you’re relocating across the street or across the country, home ownership is a huge commitment that shouldn’t be jumped into impulsively or without complete consideration for oneself or one’s current situations. However, whether you choose to rent or buy, it’s important to have the right movers on your side to make sure your transition goes smoothly. For all of your relocation needs, look no further than Chicago Movers for a professional and efficient move with great service. . 

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