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Considerations When Moving

Published: 26th December 2017 23:37

Perhaps it’s time for a change of scenery. Perhaps you or your partner has gotten a new job or has been transferred. Maybe you or someone in your family is starting a PhD program. No matter the reason, if it’s time to up and move, there are plenty of factors to keep in mind. Not only do you want your new home to be in good shape, you want the area around you to serve your needs and your family’s needs as well.

The home itself

When it comes to finding a home, you’ll need to decide whether you want a house or an apartment. This is going to be dependent on your income, location, and family size. If you’re moving to be near a city, you may want to live in a house in the suburbs if you’ve got kids. If it’s just you or you and your partner, you may want an apartment in the heart of the city. Even in a small town, you may find it’s more economical for you to live in a nice apartment, especially if you’re a single person. If you’ve got the funds, you can find huge apartments in cities--but remember, a nice apartment big enough for a family is going to be expensive.

You may choose to go with a house. The question here is whether your family wants a new house or one that’s fun and antique (or just more affordable). Perhaps you want a brand-new home, outfitted with smart appliances and in posh neighborhood. If you go for an older home of a fixer-upper, be sure you have access to a good repair and construction contractor who can help with siding, masonry. Even if your house is brand-new, you’ll want to have a service in the back of your head that’s specific to your home’s needs. For instance, if you have a fireplace, make sure you have a chimney repair service. You don’t want to have smoke all over your house!

The surrounding area

A big part of choosing where to live is the area your new home is in. This includes the neighborhood, section of town, and even town itself. You’ll want to make sure the necessary amenities are accessible and of high quality. What are your hobbies and the hobbies of your family members? Are you near a grocery store, a gym, or whatever else is important to you? How safe is your neighborhood? That’s a big question. No matter how nice your house may be, if you’re in a sketchy part of town, you’ll just never feel quite at ease.

You’ll also want to consider health. It’s important to be within reachable distance of a good doctor, especially if you or a member of your family have a chronic or serious health concern. If you are moving to be close to your mother who has cancer, for instance, be sure you can easily get to her cancer care center. It’s also of utmost importance to be within reach of an emergency room, in case something awful happens. Minutes can make the difference between life and death.

If you have kids, it’s important to make sure they’re near a good school. Consider the age of your kids, what their hobbies are, and also how long it will take to get to each school. Will they need to take the school bus? If so, what time in the morning do they need to be at the bus stop? It may be quite early. Or will you be driving them? Is that on your way to work, or will you have to plan to go out of your way? Most importantly, will they be happy where they are? School is going to be a major part of everyone’s lives, so you should make sure it’s a good fit!

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