A very big change is in the works for our family. We’re moving!
Now that everything is official and moving so very fast it’s time to share. My husband took a new position at a great company in Minneapolis. It’s an awesome opportunity for him professionally. He’s really excited about what they’re doing in his field (IT), and after 15 years at his current company it was time for a change.
It’s not easy to think about moving our family and our lives to Minnesota. I mean for one-it’s unbelievably cold there in the winter. Plus there’s that whole packing up your house, fixing it up, selling, and buying a new house process that is a little stressful.
However, the new company is making it easy on us. They’re helping us relocate which makes the process so much more simple. Honestly we were in need of a change of scenery. We’ve lived in this area for 14 years and spent almost our entire lives in about a 50 mile radius of where we live. While there are so many wonderful things about the Philadelphia area we both don’t feel like it’s home. Without family close by in the area we have no need to stay put, though we will miss our friends, the teachers our kids have bonded with, the community. But, it’s time to move on.
In addition, we’ve always wanted the kids to experience somewhere new. The timing couldn’t be better. Nathan graduates this year and is taking a gap year, so doing so in a new city will be great for him. Emma is going to high school next year, so she would be entering a new school. Same for Audrey who would be going into middle school here. Aidan only has a year left in elementary school, so we feel it’s a good time for him, too.
They are old enough to be engaged in the process with us. They’re excited and nervous. We know the transition won’t always be easy, so we’ve asked them to give themselves some grace. Change is tough.
Me? I’m excited and nervous-also known as nervcited in our house (a perpetual state our dog lives in). Excited for a new adventure, but also nervous. I have never even been to Minneapolis! I’m nervous about all the to do items suddenly on my list, but excited to purge all the stuff we don’t need. Any excuse to clean up, organize, and purge is my favorite. I’m also excited about the possibilities in Minneapolis. There are a lot of changes that are coming all at once and I think it will be really, really good for me.
And the dog? Well, he loves the cold and snow, so we know he’s going to love it there, though he may not love the getting there part.
I wanted to share this with readers, family, and friends so I put together this post as a way to answer the million questions I had that I know you’ll have. Mostly because I already asked them.
When are you moving?
My husband reports to work in March (lucky duck), and the kids and I are staying to finish out the school year. He has the opportunity to fly back and forth a bit, but we may also use those flights to visit him. He’ll be there in a month, we’ll be there in three and a half months. I’m sure it will go incredibly quickly.
It’s cold there, right?
Yes it is. I’m not gonna lie, I’m not a fan of cold weather at all, but we’ll have time to adjust since we are moving in the summer. Also according to Minnesotans I’ve talked to the weather is cold and snowy, but it’s a lot less gray than where we live now, something that definitely takes a toll. I work from home, so I expect I will be spending a lot of time snuggled up at home next winter, but we’ll see.
What will change on the site?
If you’re a reader (or my mom and dad-HI!) you know I’ve taken a bit of a break here. Now you know some of the reason why! I will still be posting, but at a much less frequent and less reliable schedule. Sorry, but I’m also not sorry. 😉 I’m hoping to offer you a look at the process of relocating, but I’m making no guarantees. I have a LOT to do.
Do you need help finding a realtor, moving company, etc.?
Nope. The relocation team at his new company has all that covered, and they’ve been amazing to work with. Seriously. We already have realtors lined up on both ends, mortgage lenders, a moving company, a home sale coordinator, and so much more. They are making it seriously easy.
Can you talk about the financial aspects of moving or relocating?
You know this is my bread and butter, but I can’t talk about it all. So, some, yes. I won’t talk about the specifics of my husband’s salary or the specific dollar amounts around relocating. That’s a choice we made a long time ago on the site, and why you don’t see me talking about our net worth. It’s our line in the sand. I will however talk about ways to save during the process, things to avoid overpaying for, and why relocation is financially advantageous if you’re planning a big move.
Now if you’ll excuse me I have a million and one things to Konmari (also known as getting rid of stuff) and some time to soak up with my husband before he leaves.
Have more questions or advice? Know someone you can connect me with in Minnesota? Leave me a comment or email me. I’ll take all the help you can offer!