If you’re moving home, it’s likely that you may already have the area, city, or town that you’re moving to decided already. That may be decided by the fact you’re moving there for work or some other obligation. However, even within one town, there are going to be lots of different neighborhoods and zones to choose between. How do you know which works best for you? Here are a few tips to help you decide.
Choose an area you can afford
This should be concern number one. Do your research on not only how much it will cost you to rent or buy a home in the area you’re moving to. Figure out what the costs of living are there, as well. From local grocery store prices to the utilities you’re trying to rely on, do some research to figure out how much living costs are per month.
Decide whether it’s a short-term or permanent thing
When you’re looking at a new place, there’s one major decision you have to make. It’s all about renting vs. buying. Both options have their ups and downs, and you don’t necessarily have to live in a house forever after you have bought it. However, if you can see yourself potentially moving in a couple of years, then getting tied down with a mortgage might not be the best idea. However, if you’re thinking of living there permanently, or even for more than half a decade, buying might end up being the more cost-effective choice.
Know what amenities you need to be near
Location, location, location. It’s what really matters when choosing a home. As such, beyond making sure it has the right number of bedrooms and baths and so on, you need to look at what is nearby. These needs can change depending on your lifestyle. Travel links to your workplace are important, but so is choosing a home near a school if you have kids, as well as being near retail areas.
Leave room for career growth
You might be moving to be closer to a new job, but you should be closer to a whole new market. You might want to switch career paths or employers in a few years and being in a location that doesn’t have too many nearby could see you getting trapped in a job that you might not fit anymore. As such, try to choose a location puts you close to more employers.
Who will you be near?
For some people, moving house is the opportunity for a fresh start, and leaving behind the people you know may not be the worst thing in the world. Otherwise, when it comes to beloved friends, family, and your partner, you may want to ensure you have easy travel links to reach them on a regular basis.
Where you move is down to personal preference. Know what you need to be in proximity of, what you can feasibly afford, and what your priorities are in the property that you choose itself.