Few things are more daunting than making a decision about where to make your home.
Whether you’re thinking about apartment rentals in Toronto, condos in Orlando, or a nice colonial in the suburbs of San Diego, the choices can be overwhelming.
For some, it just all falls into place. They have family close, they have a good job, or there is some other factor that keeps them where they are.
Others have a blank slate and have to figure out where on earth to write their story.
Maybe you’ve lived some life and decided it’s time for a change. Or a change has been forced upon you in the form of a company transfer or an awesome job opportunity.
Whatever the reason is that you find yourself looking for a neighborhood to call home, there are some important factors that can help you make the right decision.
Thinking through some of these issues can give you clarity as you seek out the best neighborhood to join.
- Cost. It’s no secret that the amount of money you have in your budget for housing will dictate, to some degree, where you can live. Some areas provide a lot more bang for your buck than others. Even expenses like groceries, gas, taxes, and utilities can vary widely from town to town. Don’t overextend yourself!
- Crime. Do some research on the crime rates and statistics for the areas you’re interested in. There is crime everywhere, but some locations are higher risk than others. If you’ve decided on a town or city, don’t be afraid to stop into the local police department and talk with them about the potential neighborhoods you’re looking at.
- Family and friends. Some people simply don’t have a choice when they’re faced with a move. If you do, you’ll want to think about the distance between you and the ones you love. If you have family or friends who you just can’t do without, choose a place that is within driving distance or at least a quick plane ride away. If you don’t take your closest family and friends into consideration, you may never feel truly settled in your new hometown.
- Jobs. If you’re not already moving to a certain locale for a job, you’ll want to scout out different areas to find one with the most opportunities for your profession. Keep in mind that some jobs are more suited for certain locations. For example, if you’re an investment banker chances are your best bet is a larger city, whereas a teacher will have an easier time finding work no matter the location.
- Entertainment. What do you like to do for fun? If you enjoy the theater, museums, and a vast array of ethnic eateries, living in the country may not be the best choice for you unless you’re somewhere within a reasonable commute to a city. Do you have children who are involved in sports or other activities? Do some research to find places that offer the best resources for them, as well.
- Schools. Obviously, if you have children, this may be one of the bigger factors in deciding on a new neighborhood. The care of your children is an infinitely important choice. Do the research to make sure the district you’re moving into has an educational system that is a good fit for your family.
Each person or family has to make the choices that are best for them. Make sure that the neighborhood you choose is a place you will be happy and satisfied to call home.