Relocating isn’t cheap; it’s simply more expensive to move a longer distance. If you’re thinking about relocating, then you need to consider how you’ll afford the move. Will your employer subsidise the cost and will that be enough?
If you need to travel backwards and forwards repeatedly to view homes for sale then that can add substantially to the cost. That’s why a new build home can save you days of travel; you can choose the area you want to live in and view a variety of different homes on the same estate.