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Does Civil Unrest in My Community Mean I Should Move?

These are strange, uncertain times. In addition to weathering a global pandemic and stay-at-home orders, the country has seen widespread civil unrest, protests, and anger over human rights violations and racial injustice. Residents in Portland know precisely what the landscape of that civil unrest looks like.

There’s no doubt about it – living through these protests has been frightening for many. If you’ve faced protests, rioting, or damage to your town, you may be feeling uncertain about the future. You may even be wondering whether to relocate to somewhere quieter.

This is a personal decision that depends on many factors, but we’ll walk you through some of them in this blog. We’ll also provide a few tips on how to proceed if you decide to move.

The “Confluence of Crisis”

To understand what the future looks like for your community, it’s essential to understand the climate that has created this historic moment.

While civil unrest in this country has roots going back hundreds of years, it’s been amplified by 2020’s overlapping emergencies. If the COVID-19 pandemic weren’t enough, it combined with the death of George Floyd, Ahmaund Arberry, and Breonna Taylor, among others, at the hands of police. US News has called this the “confluence of crisis” and blamed it for the volatile environment that is 2020.

So, Should you Relocate?

These are complicated times, and the most significant consideration in your decision to move is how you feel. Consider these questions as you navigate the issue:

  • Do you feel comfortable in your city or town?

  • Was your home or business damaged during recent protests?

  • Are you concerned about your property values decreasing in the coming years?

  • Do you believe your children are safe in your current location?

  • Are you in love with your neighborhood and the amenities it offers?

  • Do you believe your property – either your home or business – is safe from damage?

  • Is there someplace else you’ve considered moving, or where there are new opportunities for you?

  • Have you been considering relocating for some time?

  • Do you have a job offer, educational opportunity, or other reason to go someplace new?

If you’ve begun to feel unsafe or threatened in your community, moving may be the right choice.  Alternately, you can stay where you are, get involved, and be part of the solution. No matter what you decide, you deserve to feel secure where you live, and nobody enjoys feeling afraid.

Again, this is a very personal decision, and it depends solely on your feelings and perception. This is not a choice anyone else can make for you and is not one you should ever be judged on.  If you’re having trouble deciding, take some time to think things through. This is a big decision, and it’s smart to approach it carefully and with a clear head. Talk it over with family and friends and explore every aspect of the decision.

What to do if You Decide to Move

If you do decide to relocate, don’t do it on your own. Here at Master Movers, our team is here to help – no matter what you want to do and where you want to go. Our team of moving experts provides local and long-distance moving for customers in and around the Portland area.

We believe that if people are feeling hopeless, helpless, or severely disagree with what’s happening in their community, they have the right to move. Our team has no agenda. Instead, our primary goal is to support you in your decision and your transitions.

We can help you move across the street, to a different town in Oregon, or an entirely new location across the country. Plus, we make it easy to get to your new home. Our team will help you pack, move heavy furniture, or arrange for a storage unit if you want one.

In these difficult times, we’ve got to stick together, and we all deserve a sense of home. No matter where you find yours, Master Movers will go the extra mile for you. Contact us today to learn more about our moving company services and how we can help you.