In Australia the allure of a cosy little beach shack on a quiet headland somewhere along our beautiful shores has seen Aussies in every generation contemplate the sea change from city to seaside at one point or another. For some, it’s the ultimate move, but for others the shoe just doesn’t fit, so it’s important to weigh up whether or not the idyllic dream of shipping your life toward the sea is really right for you or just a pipe dream.
Is the Change You’re Needing Really Permanent?
Before you make the big switch from city smoke to coastal retreat, take some time to seriously consider whether you need a permanent change or whether you’re just aching for some time away from the daily grind. They say that “change is as good as a holiday” and it applies vice versa – sometimes all you need to feel refreshed is some time out from your job, your neighbourhood, your country or your daily routine, rather than packing up your whole life and shifting it elsewhere. A good way to decide whether you’re seriously ready for a permanent change is to simply trial the seaside life for a few weeks or even a few months if you can. Rent out a holiday house and spend a solid block of time away from home, then see how you’re feeling by the end of it and whether or not you’re missing home and feel newly enlivened once you get back.
Will A Coastal Town Suit Your Lifestyle?
Whether it’s by trialling the coastal lifestyle through an extended holiday or simply doing plenty of research, you should try to determine whether a sleepy seaside haven will allow you to live the kind of day-to-day life that you’ll find fulfilling and will bring you happiness on a long-term basis, once the holiday novelty wears off. Weigh up your needs and try to find a place that can meet them. If you’ve got your eye on a town in particular, does it have appropriate services and amenities? Consider things like schools, hospitals, shopping, sporting facilities, nightlife, culture etc.
How Will the Move Affect Family and Friends?
If you’re moving with a partner or bringing the whole family along, you need to be sure that they’ll be happy in their new home too. What will the effect be if your kids have to switch schools and make new friends? Will your partner have to sacrifice his/her career to move? If your kids are budding soccer stars, are there local teams and comps for them to play in? Is this new location somewhere that your partner can entertain his/her passions and feel stimulated? Also consider the friends and family you’ll be moving away from and how the move will affect your relationships. Is it close enough to be able to visit each-other on weekends? Are you willing to uproot yourself from your whole network?
How Will You Make Ends Meet?
You should also consider whether you can actually afford the move and what you’ll do for money once you’re there. Are there many jobs in the area? Are there jobs there than appeal to you / your partner? What are the costs of living like? And how about real estate, is it affordable? If you’re going to commute to work, how will this affect your weekly budget? Weigh up all the costs and be practical about whether the move is feasible for you at this point in your life, or whether it’s worth waiting for the right house / job / more savings etc. If you’ve seriously considered all these factors then perhaps you’re ready to make the switch and start browsing real estate web sites, job classified, even Coral Homes display homes if you’re thinking of building a house for yourself. If you’re practical and well-informed there’s no reason why a sea change can’t be the best move you’ll ever make.