Has anyone just picked up and moved to a new state? Advice?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

sparklerunner:  I suggest you focus on getting a job first. You can alays find accomodation of some sort.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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 # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • 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 # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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
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Bumble bee
  • 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!

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