Earlier this year, my husband applied for a job in Minnesota. It looked like we might need to move — and move fast. In the end, though, his current position provided him with just enough that it wasn’t worth it for us to move halfway across the country.
My husband’s current position doesn’t pay more money than the other job; while he received a small bump in pay, it still doesn’t match what the new position would’ve offered. However, making a move to another city for a job shouldn’t just be about the money. There are other factors to consider.
Why Moving Didn’t Make Sense for Us
Even though the other job offered more money with only a slightly-higher cost of living, moving really wouldn’t have worked for us. First of all, the job was only for a year. Moving would’ve meant uprooting ourselves from a town we like to somewhere unfamiliar. And what would’ve happened if my husband didn’t end up with a contract renewal at the end of a year? We’d be stuck there with no job prospects.
The move wouldn’t have been much of a step up for his career, and our family would’ve been in a worse position. Moving can get expensive, and we knew we’d have to figure out what to do with our home. Due to the market in our neighborhood, we would’ve had to come up with about $15,000 to make the sale work. Or we could’ve rented out the house — but becoming long-distance landlords wasn’t palatable. And we didn’t much like the idea of my husband moving out on his own either.
In the end, a combination of factors made it clear that moving wasn’t the best option for our family. All of the downsides to the move outweighed the higher pay. When his current position offered him just enough, it made it worth staying. Of course, no matter how hard he works, or how many students want to take his classes, it hasn’t resulted in a full-time position here — but it’s still better than moving for an equally shaky situation.
Should You Move for a Job?
Before you make the decision to move, it makes sense to look at the whole situation. Don’t become blinded by the promise of higher pay. The first thing you have to look at is the cost of living. If you’re moving to an area where the cost of living is significantly higher, you might not end up with more disposable income, even if you have a higher salary.
You also need to take the rest of your family into account. How will they handle the move? Are there things for them to do? Does your significant other have a job that he or she is giving up? What about school and activities? Carefully think through the consequences of selling your home, as well as the costs of moving. Make sure it’s completely worth it before you uproot yourself.
Have you moved for a job? How was your experience?