Find Out If You’re Ready To Move To A New Place With A Simple Equation

Find Out If You’re Ready To Move To A New Place With A Simple Equation
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Moving can be a huge pain, especially if you’re indecisive about whether you really want to move at all. Using a simple formula — or adapting it to your liking — can help you logically determine if it’s time to uproot your life or not.

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The bottom line is that moving takes a lot of work and you want to make sure that the process itself is worth the new place you’re eyeing. Jennifer Hunter at Apartment Therapy came up with a simple base equation for logic-oriented mind:

New place > Old place + hassle and expense of moving

Seems straightforward enough, right? I suggest you use it as a base for creating your own formula. No two living situations are the same, so start adding in your own variables and other additions. For example, Apartment Therapy commenter loquaciouslaura suggested adapting the formula to include the new places minimum value along with the current value of your place. Mine would look something like this:

New place + location – distance away from friends > Old place + hassle and expense of moving + location – distance away from friends

In my formula, being close to friends is important. So if I find a new place that’s way more awesome than my current place, but is further away from friends than my current place, it would be worth it for me. You can even come up with a point system if you like. Sometimes you know exactly when it’s time to get out of dodge, but for the logically inclined, indecisive crowd, this can help. What would your equations look like?

Moving Maths: An Easy Equation to Help You Decide If It’s Time to Pack Up [Apartment Therapy]


  • I think that it’s important to look at the reason WHY you are moving too. Especially if you are thinking that you need to upgrade your home. The worst thing would be to get caught in a situation where you can’t afford to maintain your new house and you only find out after you’ve moved!

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