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How to Pick a Neighborhood
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Deciding to move may be
one of the hardest life choices you'll have to make. Once you come to a
conclusion about moving
you'll have many more tough choices ahead of you. One of these difficult
decisions is sure to be picking a new neighborhood to live in.
new location can certainly be difficult. To help sort out your options, here are
several things to keep in mind when searching for that perfect new neighborhood.
SafetyPerhaps the most important thing to consider when
choosing a new neighborhood is safety. You'll definitely want to know about the
crime rate in the area. Though there is no way to completely
reduce the chance of being the victim of a crime, you can at least minimize this
risk by choosing to live in a location with a low crime rate. You should also
find out if there are any registered sex offenders in your desired area by
checking the U.S. Department of Justice's website. Knowing
these facts and statistics in advance can help you be more confident and feel
safe when you move to an unfamiliar neighborhood.
EducationIf you have school-aged children, you should look at
the quality of the school system of any neighborhood you are considering. There
are several websites that can provide you with test scores and other important
information about any school in the country. You could also go to the individual
school districts' websites to see what they offer, or you could contact members
of the school board or faculty to gather additional information about the schools in your potential neighborhoods.
AmenitiesAnother important aspect to consider when choosing a
new neighborhood is what facilities are within the area or close by. You'll want
to know the locations of such things as doctors' offices,
hospitals, schools, banks, and supermarkets. Once you have located these
important amenities in your potential new neighborhood, you can think about any
other facilities you might need.
Distance and Location
You should also consider
how far away your potential neighborhood will be from your workplace. While you
may have a longer commute if you were to live in a certain area, that
neighborhood may be closer to your friends or family. Since the neighborhood
immediately surrounding your workplace might not be the nicest neighborhood, you
might want to trade off a longer commute for a better neighborhood.
If you depend on public transportation to
get around, the availability of these services should be another important
factor in selecting your new neighborhood. Find out if there are bus stops or
train stations in your potential neighborhoods. Also, look into the stops and
schedules that the bus or train will make, and determine whether these schedules
will meet your needs.
Property ValuesEach neighborhood will have its own unique set
of property values; the nicer the neighborhood, the higher the property value.
This is certainly an important aspect to look into for any location you
consider. For example, you'll want to know what the current value is as well as
any future developments in the neighborhood that could affect its property value
in the long run.
Cost of LivingYou should also be aware of the cost of living of your desired neighborhoods. You'll want to
compare the cost of living in your current location to that of any potential new
neighborhood. If the cost of living is too high in one neighborhood, you could
always consider another area. To help you determine the cost of living of any
town, you can use one of several websites offering cost-of-living calculators,
such as this one courtesy of http://www.bankrate.com/calculators/savings/moving-cost-of-living-calculator.aspx,
which can help you select the neighborhood that best meets your financial