Whether it’s a cross the street or across the country, relocating can be a difficult and daunting task. For many, the most important factor is finding the right neighborhood in the right location.
Neighborhoods have characteristics and personalities designed to best suit single people, growing families, two-career couples or retirees. Investigate to determine if the neighborhood matches your lifestyle and personality.
I know this is a lot to think about on top of the other major decisions when relocating. Below, are a few tips to help when deciding on what neighborhood is right for you when you’re looking to relocate.
Scout Out the Neighborhood
It is important that you scout out the neighborhood in person.
- Talk to people who live there.
- Drive through the entire area at different times of the day, during the week and on weekends.
- Look carefully at how well other homes in the area are being maintained; are they painted, are the yards well cared for; are parked cars in good condition, etc.
Neighborhood Factors to Consider
- Look for things like access to major thoroughfares, highways, and shopping. What will be your rush hour commute?
- Listen for noise created by commerce, roads, railways, public areas, schools, etc.
- Does the neighborhood have a ‘Neighborhood Watch’? What are the crime patterns? Ask your Realtor for this information
- Check with local civic, fire, and school officials or websites to find information about the area.
- Research things like soil and water.
- Look at traffic patterns around the area during differenttimes of the day and drive from the area to work.
- Is the neighborhood near parks, churches, recreation centers, shopping, theaters, restaurants, public transportation, schools, etc.?
- Does the neighborhood belong to a Homeowner’s
I hope these tips make your relocation process a little less stressful when trying to find what neighborhood is right for you. Now go out there and find your dream home!