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Saturday, 22 August 2015

Where do I want to live?

So, you've chosen a city to live in! Congratulations! Now, you'll need to pick a good neighborhood for yourself, your family, and/or any small, furry family members you may have. Here's another list of common tips from around the web to think about to help pick the very best neighborhood for you!

1. If possible, pay a visit to the neighborhood before deciding it's right for you.
2. Figure out how much time it will take to commute to work, to school, to extracurricular activities, etc. If it's too much, then you'll know.3. Sight isn't the only sense, so don't forget to check out the audible environment too. Do you hear shouting? Sirens in the distance? Lawnmowers, construction, trains at odd hours? This can spoil a house just as much as any eyesore!
4. Try to talk to any potential neighbors if possible. Try to figure out what sort of people your neighbors might be.
5. If children are, or will be,in the picture, make sure to check out schools, bus routes, and activities in the area that they can take part in.
6. Make sure to check out the local hot spots; theatres, restaurants, perks and other bonuses each neighborhood has.
7. When visiting neighborhoods, pay attention to small details, like yards, lawns, driveways, decorations, etc. Are they clean, tidy, homely, snobby?
8. Factor in the nearest hospitals, airports, and major highways.
9. Narrow and refine your search to include specific things about the house you care about, such as extra bathrooms for more children, a bigger backyard for the garden, etc.
10. Make sure to find out what the local ordinances for yards, pets, etc. This may make your decision for you.
11. It's never a bad idea to check the crime rate and/or any locally registered criminal offenders in the area. It's better to be safe than sorry!
12. Make a pros/cons spreadsheet to rank your choices in neighborhoods in one easy to see place.
13. If it's too far away to visit, consider using Google Earth to check out the neighborhood before you move/visit.
14. Make sure you know what kind of neighborhood suits you and your family best, the quiet, peaceful neighborhood or the hoppin, busy, energetic neighborhood.
15. Try to find maps of the traffic patterns to know how it will effect your daily lives.
16. Check out local/national realtor websites to get their raw data on the local area and see what properties might be available in your neighborhood of interest.

And when you've chosen your new neighborhood, don't forget to let us help you do the heavy lifting! We can move you across the street, across the city, across the country, or even across the globe! Jst give us a call to let our customer service professionals take care of you today!

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