When you have a family to think about, finding a place to live can be a little trickier than it was in your single days when affordable rent and a good selection of bars and restaurants nearby were the only concerns.
If you’re looking to move with your family, but you don’t know where to start, here are a few things that will help you find the perfect neighborhood for you all…
1. Make use of Google Maps
Google Maps is a great tool for finding neighborhoods that have everything you need whether that be karate schools for the kids, parks for the dog, or great coffee shops for mom and dad. Make use of this resource to narrow down your choices and find the neighborhood of best fit – it’s so easy to do that it would be foolish not to state typing zip codes in to see what’s available.
2. Check out the local schools
If you have kids, before you pack your stuff up and book the services of North American Van Lines, you’re definitely going to want to check out the local schools in any neighborhood you’re thinking about moving to. Even if your kids are still babies, soon they’re going to need an education and you’ll want to make sure that they can do that in a safe, stimulating, and effective environment. Checking out performance stats is a good way of ensuring you choose a neighborhood close to good schools, but if you can swing a visit, that’s an even better way to see what your kids could be dealing with if you choose any given neighborhood. Call ahead and see if any tours are available.
3. Pay a visit
Ideally, before you move to a new neighborhood, you should check it out as a family. Had over for a day, or ideally a weekend, and explore everything the area has to offer. See how you all feel about being there and try to compile a checklist of things you each think is important and see how many you can tick off. Obviously, you need to balance each family member needs while not expecting perfection, but if one person has a really bad feeling you can probably cross the location off, or if you are able to tick most musts off your list, you know you’re on to a potential winner. Oh, and as well as amenities, pay close attention to the people around you – no one wants to live in an area where they don’t ‘click’ with the locals.
4. Check the cost
As well as the cost of property in any given neighborhood, you will want to make sure you can afford property taxes, sales, and income taxes, school fees, and any other regular expenses you may have in the new neighborhood, after all, making your family poorer probably isn’t a great move, even if the neighborhood is amazing.
Finding the perfect neighborhood for your family can take time, but it is worth putting the effort in so that you can all thrive and love where you live.