Before putting in an offer on that dream house, it's important to consider what a daily commute might look like in terms of distance or time. Many people are surprised to find that rush hour traffic on either end of a day might look very different from what it does during off-peak hours or weekends. Here are several considerations to make before purchasing a house that might involve long commutes to work.
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Healthy Work-Life Balance
Every year, the average commuting individual spends at least a week on the road. Many spend considerably more than that. Just think about that for a second. The daily time some people spend commuting might exceed their annual vacation hours. That's a lot of hours that take away from a healthy work-life balance.
Commutes are Sometimes Expensive
Aside from draining precious hours every week that could be better used toward work-life balance, commute times can also equate to more expense. Whether driving or using public transportation, commute times can be costly. Expenses involved can include:
While some process changes in life without hesitation, others are resistant to reworking their lives during the transition. Believe it or not, there is a certain level of psychological change in the moving process. However, having a solid mindset and a set plan in place can alleviate some pressure. Whether the move is just across town or across the country, this moving timeline guide can help set the scene for success.
Tasks To Achieve Two Months Before Moving
The secret to a successful move is planning, planning, organizing, and more organizing! Start getting the mindset in place a couple of months before moving. Prepare mentally—not only for yourself but for anyone else who will be involved in the transition, physically or financially.
Use an online calendar to send reminders of tasks that need to be achieved, or use a binder to organize a moving timeline. Things to include at this point include:
- Notifying a landlord or continuing work with a real estate agent to sell current properties
- Receipts estimating moving costs/submission to employers for compensation if potentially applicable
- Notifying current and new utility services
- Reserving a moving company if needed
- Getting a ‘game plan' ready to streamline the transition
Check These Tasks Off Six Weeks Before Moving
With some major tasks...