The Pros and Cons of Moving Closer to Family in Houston

Moving closer to familyBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Family is valuable, and when you live in different states it's hard to visit one another regularly. While telephones and video calls have shrunk that distance, it is not the same as being able to actually spend time with your loved ones. If you're thinking about moving closer to your family, you should scrupulously scrutinize every part of that choice. While it's simple to see only the advantages, without truly thinking about the negatives. And for every up there is a down, which is why it is a wise idea to compare and contrast what your future life might look like if you decide to make that move to Houston.

Pro: You Get More Family Time

Even busy families can find time to grab coffee or catch a weekend movie (socially distanced, of course), assuming they live relatively close together. It also means you won't miss holidays, birthdays, and other substantial events like recitals, sporting events, etc. that grandkids seem to have at times. That is a compelling 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 previously has taken up residence in a particular city, then you must take that city on its own terms. That means you have limited alternatives when it comes to budgets, locations, and other options that are frequently available for you when considering moving. Depending on your resources and your personal needs, you might not be able to find a new residence that gives you all the things you want.

Pro: You Have a Support Network in Houston

Even if you are unaccustomed to your new location, you'll have a support network in the form of your family. They can help assimilate you, show you around, and get you up-to-speed on what your new town is all about. That is a wonderful plus, particularly for seniors who may have issues asking for help, or starting a new social network in Houston from scratch.

Con: It Can Be Hard to Balance Everything

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 instances had kids of their own) doesn’t mean you don't have things 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 spend more time with your loved ones.

Pro: New Opportunities

If the locale you're moving to has things your current hometown doesn't, then that can be a gigantic win for you. Whether it's better social services to help you with your needs, a more lively social scene, or just an economy where your money goes further than it does where you currently live. You need to carefully assess where you're relocating 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 belongings, 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 Houston manage your relocation. Those costs should be calculated and their impact thought about 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 shackle you in place.

If you are ready to make the move closer to your children or grandchildren, A-1 Freeman Moving Group can be there for you every step of the way. We are a professional moving company in Houston and have many different service levels to fit every budget.

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