According to data from the US Census Bureau, only 9.8 of Americans relocated in 2019—an all-time low in the United States. Even so, it’s the new year and millions of Americans will relocate to new homes in new cities and towns across the country and all over the world.


Making the decision to move isn’t something to take lightly. Unless you’re moving for work-related reasons or for causes that make relocation less of a choice, deciding to make such a major life change requires careful thought and consideration. In this article, your trusted long-distance movers at Harrington Moving & Storage will take a look at some of the things you should consider before deciding on a move in 2020 for those thinking of starting the decade off with a fresh, new start this year.

Evaluating Your Options for Moving in 2020

While moving is certainly a major life-change, no matter where in the world you’re going to next, your decision to move should only come after doing plenty of research and evaluation. Here are some of the biggest factors you’ll need to consider before making your final decision about moving:


  • How Much Will it Cost: The point of choosing to relocate lies in creating a better life for yourself. This becomes difficult when the city you want to move to is more expensive than your current one. Take the time to scout out the average cost of living before committing to your new home. 
  • Protect Your Health: Moving to another city means new doctors and possibly changes to your insurance plan and coverage. Your health is important and should be a consideration in deciding if you should relocate in 2020. Where possible, try getting information about the healthcare costs you can expect.
  • Things to Do: While there are times when most of us want to do nothing at all but rest and binge watch TV shows inside our homes. However, there will be times when you want more out of your day-to-day life. For those times, the local culture will dictate your options. Pick the city that has the kind of events, activities, and other special characteristics you enjoy doing. This could be anything from going to concerts to exploring hiking trails, and so much more—depending on where you live and what you love to do.
  • Employment: Proper consideration of a new location must include research of the local job market. If you’re an IT person, but the local area is primarily retail and hospitality businesses, your options will be limited. If the area you’re thinking about doesn’t have opportunities for you, then it’s time to go back to the drawing board.
  • Educational Opportunities: If you have children at home, it’s likely that you’re concerned with the educational opportunities that the area you live in can offer you and your family. Be sure to investigate the academic performance of the area you’re moving into, and evaluate this carefully when making your decision to move.
  • Tax Breaks Waiting: Different cities and states have different tax laws. One state such as Florida may not charge income tax, while another state like Pennsylvania doesn’t charge sales tax. You’d be surprised at the savings you can enjoy by moving away from California or New Jersey, which has an income tax rate of over 10%.

New Beginnings with Harrington Moving and Storage

At Harrington Moving and Storage, our team is focused on offering the best residential moving services available in the New Jersey area including New York. Our local movers are ready to assist you with a move across town or across state lines. We proudly take on any job no matter the size and scope of your relocation.

If you’ve decided to move in the new year and are ready to get started with your moving project, give our team of long-distance movers a call now. Or, if you’d like to go ahead and request a free, in-home estimate and moving consultation in your home, just fill out our easy online form and we’ll get in touch with you right away!