You’ve heard the adage that real estate is all about location, location, location. And when you are relocating for a job, to be closer to family, or just because you’ve always wanting to live near the coast, the same applies. But what do you do when you don’t know what location is the right one in an unfamiliar town?
- Go Explore
Once you arrive, download a map and hit the road. If you have friends, family or co-workers in the area, ask them what places they like best. What’s their favorite restaurant, park, shopping area and neighborhood. Take at least a few days to familiarize yourself with your new home town and try to find some favorites of your own.
- Money, Money, Money
Make sure you create and commit yourself to a budget. Find out if the cost of living is different than the area you are leaving and adjust your budget accordingly. And once you know what you can afford to spend on a home, use an app like realtor.com to see what is available in that price range even before contacting a REALTOR® to help you navigate all that goes into purchasing your new home.
- School Rules
For those who have children, or plan to in the future, the educational system zoning in your new town will be of great importance and will affect where you want to live. Do your research to see if the local schools have good after-school programs, competitive test scores and high graduation rates. Are there additional options such as charter schools, magnet academies or private schools? You’ll want to know.
- Get Up and Go
If you are moving from a smaller town to larger one, or vice-versa, how will your usual form of commuting change? Is there public transportation? Will it be a shorter or longer commute? Would you like to be close enough where you could walk safely to work or let your kids ride their bikes to school? Is that even an option?
- Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Whether you travel a lot for work or leisure, proximity to major highways and interstates or airports may be a priority to you. If you can be on I-85 within 5 minutes in your company car to visit your regional customers on a Monday morning, you may have time to pick up that Starbucks Frappuccino on the way. Small things like convenience to and from your home base will add up and affect your overall happiness where you live.
- We Are Family
What do you like to do with your family and friends? Are you the type that likes to frequent the neighborhood pool, walk to outdoor cafes or spend the afternoon at the dog park? Being closer to amenities that you and your family enjoys should direct you towards the perfect community for your crew.
And once you move in, take a few days to get settled and do a few fun things to celebrate your move. Take a walk with your family, go shop in the local stores, meet a friend for dinner and begin to make your mark in your new hometown … and your chosen location.
Lora Pfohl, REALTOR®
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