What You Should Know When Moving to a New City
Moving is always a big deal in our lives, right? But it’s even a bigger challenge when it involves moving to a completely new city. For renting, but especially for purchasing, you need to make a lot of pre-work before kicking off the house search and visits. It’s hard to say when you are 100% ready to take this step, but here are a few things you can do to get better prepared for this new phase.
Start by searching the neighborhood on the internet
Nowadays, the internet can help a lot when it comes to gathering information: you can start your search with tourism sites and the local newspaper, for example, to have a better sense of what the city can offer and what’s going on there. The Chamber of Commerce is also a very interesting source of information, with details about local policy and news.
The neighborhood search can then be expanded to the sense of community and quality of life: Facebook groups can tell you the problems and peculiarities of the neighborhood, Yelp can help you with entertainment and quality of life (What are the best places for grocery shopping? Is there great restaurant close to my future house? Is there any movie theater? And what about parks and children spots?). You can also use websites to track crime rates and dangerous zones you should avoid.
Find out what is the basic needs cost
To feel comfortable in your new home, you need to be sure you are able to afford the cost of living and it includes not only your mortgage but also basic needs such as utilities, gas, transportation, food, healthcare, groceries, etc. Take some time to search for those costs and make sure you plan your budget properly (overestimating a little bit can help you stay on a comfort zone, and always take into account some monthly savings if you can).
Look for the School District
Even if you don’t have kids right now, you will probably plan for it in the future, so School District is a very important part of your decision-making process. Besides, everybody knows that house location is directly influenced by a school. You can use map tools to find the schools nearby your interested area and complement your search by finding out the school ratings and critics.
Find a professional to help you
When you go abroad your comfort zone, it is crucial to work with a professional to help you make the right decision. Search for agents specialized on the neighborhood of your interested and don’t be afraid to interview more than one person and be judgmental: the perfect agent should be able to help you not only with the housing cost and available houses details but also by giving you feedbacks of all the topics mentioned above. It is always a plus if he has the experience to handle with long-distance clients, because when distance involves trips for visiting and closing the deal, both parts need to be organized, also communicate and plan in advance.