According to the U.S. Census, 11.7% of Americans moved between 2012 and 2013. But why? Moving and all the associated tasks—finding a new home, selling your previous one, packing, unpacking, storing your valuable—isn’t how most people like to spend their time. Still, moving is a fact of life, and it doesn’t have to be the bane of your existence. A little prior planning and hiring the right moving company can ease the stress.
1. The desire for a better home. For 14.8% of movers, it was upward and onward to an apartment that didn’t have paper-thin walls or a four-bedroom home that can accommodate newborn twins. Whatever the specific reason, most movers cited improved quality of their residence as the reason for moving.
2. To establish one’s own household. 10.4% of movers took part in the rite of passage that is moving out of the parent’s home. It’s a big step that can be both exciting and frightening!
3. New employment. Career changes are a major reason for moving year after year. Between 2012 and 2013, 9% of movers packed their bags for a new job or transfer.
5. Move closer to work/improved commute. A daily, two-way commute can eat up a good chunk of time in a day. For 5.4% of movers, their commute was unpleasant enough to warrant a move that increased the quality of their daily life.
6. Change in marital status. 5.1% moved due to changes with their marital status, whether a new marriage, divorce or separation.
7. Desire to live in a better neighborhood/less crime. Safety is a major concern for virtually all residents, regardless of where in the country they are located. 3.2% of movers cited safety as their chief reason for moving.