By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Family is vital, and when you live in different states it's hard to visit one another frequently. While telephones and video calls have shrunk that distance, it is not the same as being able to physically be with your loved ones. If you are contemplating moving closer to your family, you should carefully consider every part of that resolution. Because it's effortless to see only the advantages, without really considering the negatives. And for every up there is a down, which is why it's a good idea to compare and contrast what you'll be getting if you choose to make that move to Atlanta.
Pro: You Get More Family Time
Even on-the-go families can make time to grab brunch or see a weekend flick (socially distanced, of course), provided they live fairly close together. It also means you won't miss holidays, birthdays, and other important events like recitals, plays, etc. that grandkids tend to have at times. That is a valid reason for many older parents to try to close the gap between themselves, and the rest of their families.
Con: You Have Limited Options
If the rest of your family already resides in a particular town, then you will be required to take that city as it is. That means you have limited alternatives when it comes to budgets, locations, and other options that are frequently available for you when pondering relocating. Depending on your resources and your personal needs, you might not locate a new home that gives you all the things you need.
Pro: You Have a Support Network in Atlanta
Even if you are unfamiliar with your new area, you'll have a support network in the form of your family. They can help assimilate you, give you the grand tour, and get you up-to-speed on what your new area offers. That's a huge plus, particularly for retirees who may have hesitations about reaching out to others, or starting a new social network in Atlanta from scratch.
Con: It Can Be Hard to Balance Life
Just because you're a parent or a grandparent doesn't mean you don't have a life to attend to. You have interests and pastimes, and you may even still be working on your career. Just because your kids have grown up (and in some situations had kids of their own) doesn’t mean you don't have plenty to do, still. If you live close by your family, though, you might feel pressure to put that by the wayside so that you can be more involved with your loved ones.
Pro: New Opportunities
If the area you're moving to has things your current area doesn't, then that can be a gigantic win for you. Whether it's more robust social services to help you with your needs, a more engaging social scene, or just an economy where your money goes further than it does where you currently live. You need to meticulously assess where you're moving to, and try to discover positive aspects of it that will allow you to feel like part of the community.
Con: The Cost
Even if you have a modest house full of stuff, and you're moving a fairly short distance, it's going to cost you time, money and energy to move. Be sure to budget to have a professional moving company in Atlanta assist with your relocation. Those costs should be calculated and their impact pondered before you commit to move. Because even if you can afford your final destination; you want to be closer to your family; and there are opportunities there, the cost of moving might be enough to keep you in place.
If you are inclined to make the move closer to your children or grandchildren, A-1 Freeman Moving Group can help you every step of the way. We are a professional moving company in Atlanta and have many different service levels to fit every budget.
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