Post # 1
Hi ladies! I’m looking for any tips/advice on this topic. DH and I currently live in Southern California. We own a 1500 sq. ft. townhome in a city just outside LA. We were both born and raised here and all of our family still lives here as well.
We’ve recently started contemplating the idea of moving to Austin, TX. We pay an insane amount of money to live here in California and neither of us really love it for anything more than the fact that our friends and family are here. We barely go to the beach, prefer just hanging by a pool, we never go to LA or any other traffic-congested area unless it’s for a sports game a couple times a year, and despite being a good financial position to one day purchase a single family home, it will likely be an older house needing a lot of work, with a decent yard, or a newer house with nothing more than a patio and tiny patch of grass. We envision raising a family in a good community with parks, pools, a large house that will fit a growing family and have room for holidays and entertaining, and a yard big enough for kids and dogs to play to their hearts’ content. Austin seems to fit this liefstyle we’re looking for.
We’re planning a trip in August to check out the city as well as the communities we have our eyes on. I’m just wondering if anyone has any tips or advice for just picking up to move like this? Specifically around selling our current house, buying a house out of state, and searching for jobs. I’d also love any opinions on Austin – especially if you moved there from a less-affordable place for the reasons we’re considering it! Anything is appreciated 🙂
Post # 2
sparklerunner: I suggest you focus on getting a job first. You can alays find accomodation of some sort.
Post # 3
I actually picked up and moved from Southern California to Boise Idaho a few years back and loved it. I was in a different situation than you- I was still living with my parents at the time and wanted something new. I applied for a job and got it so I reloacted. What helped me is I had my friends family (practically my family) who lived there as well. All holidays I spent with them and if I didn’t have them I probably wouldn’t have lasted. You at least have your husband to be with you but at times you may miss your family. Houses are a lot more affordable than out here (at least in Id) and I feel like they are more family orientated than out here in So cal. I did eventally move back.. But if my FI was willing to move I would be ok with it. I would apply for jobs first and see what’s out there..it’s great you are planning on visiting to check out the area at least! Good luck!
Post # 4
julies1949: That’s definitely first on the list! 🙂
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
sparklerunner: Some friends of mine moved out there a few years ago. The job prospcets weren’t as good as they imagined so a few moved back to Florida after a year. I agree with the PP that suggested obtaining a job in Austin before moving.
Post # 6
Loandrob2014: Thanks! We definitely would miss our family but we’re lucky that they all live in the same town so visits back would allow us to see everyone at once! I also wondered if pther places were more family-oriented than SoCal. I feel like everyone here is more focused on work than family life and that’s just not the type of people we are – work to live, don’t live to work!
Post # 7
beachbride1216: We absolutely would want jobs before moving – luckily my husband could work remotely and keep his current job so that takes off a big burden with only me needing to find a job there.
Post # 8
my FI has done this a handful of times. he grew up in a military family, so he’s used to moving every few years. after he graduated high school, he moved probably 5 times in 8 years.
austin would be amazing! if you can handle the weather. FI lived there for a year or so a few years back, and loved it. he’s trying to convince me that we should move there.. i hate the heat, though.
Post # 9
14 years ago my ex husband and I moved from an LA suburb to Baltimore. He had a job already and I found one easily. We were able to buy a very affordable house- for a raction of what one costs in Southern California. However, times are different now- jobs are much harder to come by, real estate markets are different. I may have just grown older and more cautious!- haha! But at the time it was an excellent move for us to make.
Post # 10
sparklerunner: I moved from Michigan to Chicago for a relationship. It was a long visit that turned in to a decision to move there. I found a job, bought a car, and rented an apartment in about a week. SO stressful! The relationship lasted about 2 years, we parted as friends, and I met my now FI locally a few months later.
totally worth it 😉
Post # 11
sparklerunner: My husband and I did. We were living in southern CA (mission viejo) and we picked up and moved to North Carolina in 2009 without having secured jobs first. I’m so glad we did. We were able to purchase a home in a really nice community, have savings, etc. and he found a job immediately. Since moving, I’ve been able to be a SAHW/soon to be SAHM.
Post # 12
I don’t have any advice but I have picked up and moved to a new state before. just wanted to show support for what u r planning. My situation was different, I was single with no kids or mortgage or anything like that. I just packed up, paid out of my apartment lease, no job lined up, and away I went. Pissed off my family, but eh they got over it. It’s very liberating to say the least to break free from something u feel is imprisoning u in ur current situation.
Post # 13
sparklerunner: I’ve done this a lot, and I caution you to really dig in when you visit Austin. It’s not as much of the bargain it was even 2 years ago, since tech has really blown up. For example, my friend’s 2bd / 2ba, 900 sq ft condo in downtown Austin rents out for $2500 / month. Cheaper than the bay area, but not Texas cheap.
The pay isn’t as competitive as CA, so you may end up with a similar lifestyle without your support system. Just something to think about.
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
we’re going to move in a few years, and our plan is to get those portable storage units that they bring to your home (like PODS). in the new city, we’ll temporarily live in a furnished apartment and live out of suitcases. that way we can take our time figuring out what neighborhoods we like and won’t have to jump on buying a house too quickly.
the last time I moved to a new state, things were really different. all of my belonings fit in one car, and I had saved up only about $1500. I took a crap job just to get by until I found something better. I can’t believe I did that. it was very stressful, but I’m so glad I did it.
I hear really good things about austin! good luck!
Post # 15
colorofmyheart: I hear the heat can be pretty bad but where we live in SoCal it can still be 90+ degrees in October so it doesn’t sound like much of a change. I don’t mind humidity either so I don’t think that would be a difficult adjustment (hopefully!).
eeniebeans: Yeah I definitely worry about job competition, although I hear Austin is mostly competitive when it comes to entry level jobs because of the University being right there. Hopefully I could find something quickly!
ANGELaaimt: What a great story! Your risk definitely paid off 🙂
housebee: I’m so glad it worked out so well for you!! Congratulations! I would love to be a SAHM one day but as long as I have my student loans I’m definitely going to need to find a job haha.
BeeG35: That’s exactly our feeling – imprisoned by the expense of living here! I know our families won’t be thrilled, but we are definitely not the kind of people to take a big risk without it being a smart decision for us so I hope they understand. Thanks for your support 🙂
bitsybee: Thanks for the advice! We’ll definitely do our research – we’re hoping to live outside of the actual city since we are more of the suburban type but that’s good information to consider. Thanks!
nerdybird: That’s a great idea to do the temporary apartment while figuring things out – thank you!!