9 Popular Tips to Find Your Perfect Neighborhood

  1. Choosing a Neighborhood is Difficult
  2. Children Come First 
  3. Crime Rate - Safety is a Priority
  4. Career Opportunities & The Job Market
  5. Looking for a More Tranquility & Quiet
  6. Recreational Interests
  7. Entertainment & Attractions: The Fun Stuff is Important Too!
  8. Outdoors - Landscape & Fresh Air
  9. Lifestyle Choice - What's Your Vibe?
  10. Visit the Neighborhoods Considered
  11. Keep These Tips in Mind When Looking Around Neighborhoods
  12. Moving Authority Is Here To Help

1. Choosing a New Neighborhood is Difficult

Most people in their adult life have had to move at least once while some people move many, many times. There is often times common denominator as to why people move, whether staying local or venturing interstate cross country. One thing that we can always depend on is the unexpected wherever you go. That's why carefully pre-planning your move, especially if you have a family or pets, can help prepare you for any surprises that might await you at your new home and neighborhood.

There are so many things to consider when moving to a new city, state, or even making adventuring internationally. When choosing where you'd like to settle down next, it's important to enjoy the surrounding area of which you live in. During the moving process, take some time to consider the vibe or feel of neighborhood you'd like and feel comfortable in. Of course, there are factors to consider prior to choosing that will influence your decision on surrounding neighborhoods. Finding out details about a neighborhood is an important part of your renting or purchasing decisions, so consider some of these important factors when looking for your new home during the process of your residential move.

2. Children Come First

Your family should always come first and foremost, especially when it comes to your little ones. If you have children, choosing an appropriate neighborhood is an important factor. Start out by researching the area for local schools and what they have to offer your kids. Try to get as much information as you can on each school such as history, classes, teacher performance, school overall rating, drop out rate, and also investigate into any violent past occurrences and so forth.

You also want to keep in mind what your child or children are interested in extra curricular activities. Look around for what sports are offered or whether there are schools around that offer clubs your child/children might be interested in. There are many aspects of schools, activities, and sports etc. offered virtually throughout most neighborhoods. Investing in well thought out and organized research will not only benefit your kid/kids but also your entire family as a whole.

3. Crime Rate - Safety Is a Priority

This is obviously something you should look into prior to moving into a neighborhood. Safety for you or your family is always a priority and should always be looked into prior to moving. Understanding the crime rate is a critical part of choosing where to live both in deciding a city and neighborhood. Make sure to thoroughly research the crime rate of the areas and/or neighborhoods you are looking into. You also might want to check out some of our lists of the best cities to live in the U.S. 

4. Career Opportunities & The Job Market

This is another important facet to look into before choosing an area to live. Think about what your occupation is and how it would fit into the surrounding area you are looking into. What kind of job offers do you see in the area? Check local postings as well to widen your search. 

If you are considering your career in a certain field(s), it's advisable to research the market and options in your field during the time of your move. You want to be sure that you can fit in their occupationally and be able to be financially stable before moving to a new area. It never hurts to send out a few resumes prior to your move to get the ball moving and see what you're working with. 

5. Looking for a More Tranquility & Quiet

If you are interested in living in a more peaceful and, generally, a more calm neighborhood to settle down in, you might have to check it out personally. As many may know, neighborhoods can be quiet and nice during the day, then come to find out at night it's party city (oh no!) To avoid confusion or misinterpretation, it is best to visit the area or neighborhood during the day and at night as well. Check out some shops and ask around about the usual night life. Getting a feel during the day and at night will give you a feel if the neighborhood is too noisy and busy, or if it's the peaceful spot you're looking for. This is especially true if you are a parent because with smaller children it can be rather difficult to raise them in a noisy neighborhood. 

6. Recreational Interests

While all of the above are significant points to look into, you also don't want to forget about yourself and what is around that you personally will enjoy after work or on the weekend. Some people prioritize going to the gym as an interest, or maybe a yoga class to help with some stress. There are lots of place like dancing classes, community college classes, or anything else really that you find to amuse or distract you as interests. This is yet another chance to become involved in the community/neighborhood giving you an opportunity to meet people with similar interests. 

7. Entertainment & Attractions: The Fun Stuff is Important Too!

Although this is as important to look at as something like crime rate (above), it should still be given some thought, as an individual or family. Typically, most cities have information online about what kinds of special events or entertainment going on throughout the city's county including concerts, festivals, fairs, etc. Check out some to see if there are any amusement parks or museums around some neighborhoods. It's important to have fun sometimes and be aware of fun activities in the neighborhood. Generally, there are always events going on for both younger individuals or couples, as well as families. You want to be able to have fun where you are at and enjoy the ambiance. 

8. Outdoors - Landscape & Fresh Air

The landscape surrounding a neighborhood is important to consider because it is a fact that human beings need to spend time outside and get some Vitamin C. Check around for any nice parks with walking areas, bike trails, or even BBQ's for the weekend. This will give you more chances to meet people in your neighborhood as well as in the types of areas you like to recreate in. If you have children, having a park nearby is a nice attribute because they typically have nice playgrounds and lots of space to tucker the energy of your little ones out. There may even be playgrounds within the neighborhood as well!

9. Lifestyle Choice - What's Your Vibe?

This one is rather easy to look around for and will likely influence you more if you have the means to choose a style of a neighborhood that you prefer. Some prefer a more modern and contemporary look, while others lean towards more historically based neighborhoods. Some even have a bit of both. In many cases, other points discussed takes precedence over such a trivial matter, especially depending on where you are looking around.  

10. Visit the Neighborhoods Considered

There is no better way to get a feel of a place than by going there your self and checking it out. Doing some ground work research will give you a much better idea of the neighborhood you are considering. Consider the influential points discussed to see how many things match your criteria on your checklist. If you have a family, take a family day over the weekend to visit neighborhoods while at the same time seeing the places that you want to get the feel for. An actual visitation in person is much different than purely seeing areas or neighborhoods virtually and statistically. This will also give you a feel of how safe the neighborhood actually feels and is for you personally before contacting residential moving companies.

11. Keep These Tips in Mind When Looking Around Neighborhoods

Moving is always stressful and difficult, but with the proper time, plan, and budget it can largely be avoided. These points discussed are influential in the ultimate happiness with where you've moved and your new neighborhood. By taking the proper cautions and research to investigate in what kind of neighborhood you will live next, you or your family will find yourselves pleasantly surprised.

12. Moving Authority Is Here To Help

Keep in mind this same kind of detailed research must be done when you are choosing a moving company. This is the best way to protect your move from rogue movers or scam artists. Efficiency is a significant factor throughout the entire process of your move. At Moving Authority, we offer a plethora of resources for consumers in need of moving companies. We not only provide educational information and checklists, we also offer a comprehensive list of licensed local, long distance, and interstate moving companies for you to start out, beginning with estimates or an in-home estimate. Don't forget to factor in an auto shipping quote!

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