Even before the coronavirus pandemic, more and more people have been moving to the suburbs. Amid the coronavirus pandemic last year, more than 30% of the respondents in a survey said that they are moving away from the city because of the health crisis. Most city dwellers spent the past year cooped up in their apartment. The kids are bored and so are you. Many have looked enviously at other families in the suburbs who can go for a walk with their kids and attend birthday parties and other things.
Did that push families to move to the suburbs? Probably and probably not. Whether it’s because of the pandemic or not, it might be time for you to think about moving to the ‘burbs. Why is that? Not only are properties cheaper in the suburbs, but the amenities might even be better than in the city.
Where Are You in Your Life?
Are you single and have a thriving career? Are you newly married and starting to raise a family? Do you have toddlers in ages five and up? It’s important to know where you are in your life right now before making the ultimate decision of moving from the city to the provinces or suburbs. Single individuals might feel that the suburbs are too boring and family-oriented for them while young families will find it the perfect place to begin their lives. Kids, most especially, will play a crucial role in the decision-making process.
Take Advantage of All That Space
Real estate prices in the city and suburbs are different. You can get a bigger house in the suburbs because of the low price point and low-interest rate. Imagine having a backyard where you can see your kids play around, and where you can host backyard barbecue parties. That’s what suburban living will be like. You often feel cramped inside your apartment in the city because it is true… small dwellings are suffocating and often feel like a prison.
This Is Part of Your Long-term Plan
For many families, living in the suburbs is already part of their long-term plans. Sure, they love the idea of being near the business center and other conveniences, but the suburban lifestyle also has its appeal. You might even be mulling it since before the pandemic. If this is the case, it might be time to bite the bullet already. If you are planning to move to the suburbs, this is the best time to do it.
You Can Work from Home
Many of those who decided to leave the city did so because they lost their jobs. The pandemic has been brutal to businesses. If you still have a job in the city, that’s not a reason enough to stay there (unless you want to). You can ask your employer to agree to a work-from-home setup where you only need to “report” to the office once or twice a month. Many companies such as Facebook, Shopify, and Square have already agreed to a work-from-home setup. Take advantage of this newfound freedom. It’s a sign that you can move to the suburbs already.
You Can Afford the Move
The common misconception is that you’re moving to the suburbs because life is more affordable there. That is not always a correct assumption. While real estate prices tend to be lower in the suburbs, that does not mean the lifestyle is cheaper, too. Sometimes, education and entertainment options are more expensive there. That’s why you should only make the move once you are sure that you can afford the lifestyle in the suburbs that you choose. If you’re moving, you don’t want to be moving to a second-class municipality. You want the best, so make sure you have the finances for it.
The City Life Isn’t for You Anymore
Are you tired of city life? Do you think you will still crave it? If you’ve taken advantage of all the amenities that city life has to offer, then the suburbs might be the next big step for you. However, if you still love going out and hearing the hustle and bustle of city life at three in the morning, rethink your decision. While the suburbs have plenty of amenities, you may not find the same ones like those you can find in the city.
Moving from the city to the suburbs or vice-versa is a huge decision to make. Don’t take it lightly. Bid your time and make sure you are 100% sure this is the best decision for you and your family in the future.