Whether across town or across the country, moving is a big deal. One of the most important things to consider during this exciting and stressful time is your new home’s location.
But how can you be sure your new home is located in an area you’ll be happy with?
Continue reading to learn five essential factors to consider when choosing the location of your new home
1. The School District
If you have children, you want to look into the school district where your new home would be. Look for school districts with a high rating and any programs your children may want to be involved in. Programs you may want to look for include team sports, drama, art, foreign languages, and others.
2. Your Commute to Work and Other Essential Places
Most people must commute to work four to six days a week, so you want to be sure your new home isn’t too far away. Most people prefer to live within half an hour of their job, but some are willing to live up to an hour away.
Also, consider the other places you’ll often be frequenting. Do you have a grocery store you prefer over others or a coffee shop you visit daily? What about your doctor, dentist, and other health professionals?
Consider how far your new home will be from these essential places. If you consistently have to drive long distances, you won’t be happy in your new home.
3. The Amenities That Are Nearby
Consider what amenities will be nearby. If you choose to live in a single-family home, look for nearby parks, walking trails, and convenient stores. If you choose to live in a community, look for a pool, gym, parks, trails, and other essential amenities.
4. Neighborhood Crime Rate and Character
When looking through your potential new neighborhood, there are two key things you want to consider. These include the crime rate and the character or personality of the community.
The crime rate should be fairly obvious. Notice if you feel safe while driving through a potential neighborhood. Look online to see the rate of local crime.
Each neighborhood has a distinct character or personality, so you want to choose one that best fits you. Is the area full of young families with children? Or is it a mostly quiet street with older couples?
5. The People You’ll Be Seeing Consistently
When you move into your neighborhood, there are a few people you’ll be seeing consistently. You want to make sure these are people who won’t make your life stressful. In addition to neighbors, you may also need to consider your home or community’s property manager.
Do You Have More Questions About Choosing Your New Home’s Location?
Choosing your new home’s location is one of the most essential parts of the moving process. Considering the factors above can help you make the right decision.
For more information, check out our other blog posts. You’ll find a lot of information on closely-related topics to help you learn more on the subject.