You've probably heard that the three L's of real estate are location, location, location. Choosing the right location is an important part of the moving process, whether you're renting an apartment or buying a house. If you're happy where you're at, that makes things a little easier. Otherwise, now might be the right time to consider a new area.
Weather is an obvious thing to consider when choosing a new location. Do you like skiing, snowboarding, or maybe building the occasional snowman? How about swimming, wearing shorts, getting a natural tan, or outdoor activities in general? If you said yes to everything, be sure to focus on an area with a change of season.
How about employment? Relocating for a job that has already been secured is a popular reason for moving. If that's not the case, remember that pay can vary a lot in different areas. What pays well in your area might not somewhere else.
Terrain is another thing to think about. Some people are used to looking out there window and seeing mountains or skyscrapers. It might seem strange to them when they move to an area where the tallest thing they see is the telephone pole in front of their house. Not all areas have beaches, lakes, or even malls for that matter. Just look around at your surroundings and decide what you can't picture giving up, or if there's anything missing that you'd like to have.
A few other things to consider that can vary greatly state-to-state:
Of course, there's much more to consider, some of which is covered in the next section.