The Pros and Cons of Moving Closer to Family in Little Rock

Moving closer to familyBy Julie DeLong, Oil Capitol Relocation 

Family is important, and when you live apart it's almost impossible to see one another frequently. While telephones and video calls have shrunk that distance, it's never quite the same as being able to actually be with your loved ones. If you're considering moving closer to your children, or to your grandchildren, you should scrupulously scrutinize every part of that decision. Because it's easy to see only the positives, without truly considering the downside. And for every up there is a down, which is why it's a grand idea to compare and contrast what the future might hold if you decide to make that move to Little Rock.

Pro: You Get More Family Time

Even on-the-go families can find time to grab lunch or see a weekend flick (socially distanced, of course), given they live relatively close together. It also means you won't miss out on holidays, birthdays, and other substantial events like recitals, sporting events, etc. that grandkids tend to have regularly. That is a compelling reason for many older parents to try to close the gap between themselves, and the rest of their families.

Con: You Have Limited Options

If the rest of your family already resides in a certain city, then you will be required to take that city as it is. That means you have fewer selections when it comes to budgets, locations, and other options that are frequently available for you when pondering relocating. Depending on your resources and your personal needs, you might not find a new home that gives you everything you want.

Pro: You Have a Support Network in Little Rock

Even if you are unfamiliar with your new locale, you'll have a support network in the form of your family. They can help acclimatize you, give you the grand tour, and get you up-to-speed on what your new town has to offer. That's a big plus, particularly for seniors who may have hesitations about asking for help, or starting a new social network in Little Rock from scratch.

Con: It Can Be Hard to Balance Everything

Just because you're a parent or a grandparent doesn't mean you don't have a life to live. You have interests and hobbies, and you may even still be working on your career. Just because your kids have grown up (and in some situations had kids of their own) doesn’t mean you don't have plenty to do, still. If you live near your family, though, you might feel pressure to put that aside in order to be more involved with your loved ones.

Pro: New Opportunities

If the area you're moving to has things your current place of residence doesn't, then that can be a gigantic advantage for you. Whether it is better social services to help you with your needs, a more engaging social scene, or just an economy where your money goes further than it does where you currently live. You need to rigorously evaluate where you are moving to, and try to discover positive aspects of it that will allow you to feel like part of the community.

Con: The Cost

Even if you have a humble house full of stuff, and you're moving a fairly short distance, it's going to cost you time, money and effort to move. Be certain to budget to have a professional moving company in Little Rock manage your relocation. Those costs must be calculated and their impact evaluated before you decide to move. Because even if you can afford your final destination; you want to be closer to your family; and there are opportunities there, the cost of moving might be enough to shackle you in place.

If you are prepared to make the move closer to your family, Oil Capitol Relocation can assist you every step of the way. We are a professional moving company in Little Rock and have many different service levels to fit every budget.

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