Top 5 Questions to Ask When Relocating
Whether you’re moving to the Atlanta region or headed to another destination, the process of relocating can be an exciting but extremely overwhelming experience. As someone who has relocated several times throughout my adult life, I understand how anxiety-provoking the process can be– especially when you throw kids into the mix, a new job, or you’re a first-time homebuyer! There are several factors to consider before making the big move, such as the cost of living, job opportunities, crime rates, and the overall quality of life in the new location. To make an informed decision about what area is best for you, it's essential to ask the right questions when searching for your new home. Here are our Top 5 questions for homebuyers to ask when relocating to a new state or city.
- What is the cost of living in the area?
The cost of living can vary significantly depending on the location, and it's crucial to know how much it will cost to live in the new city or state. This includes expenses such as housing, transportation, food, utilities, and taxes. Knowing the cost of living can help you plan your budget and avoid any financial surprises. Consider checking out a cost of living calculator such as NerdWallet which can be a useful tool in determining how much it will cost you to live in a new state!
- What are the job opportunities in the area?
If you are relocating for work or looking for employment opportunities, it's important to know what the job market is like in the new area. Research the industries that are thriving in the region and check job listings to get a sense of what type of work is available. If you're not relocating for work, consider whether there are enough job opportunities in your field if you need to look for work in the future.
- What are the schools and amenities like in the area?
If you have children, schools are likely to be a top priority when relocating. Even if you don’t, school ratings can be crucial to home resale value! Research the quality of schools in the area, including public and private schools, and consider the distance from your potential home and the costs associated. Websites such as GreatSchools.org can be helpful in navigating schools in the area. Another helpful tip is to join a local Facebook group and ask residents for their feedback.
Consider the amenities that are important to you, such as parks, restaurants, shopping centers, and entertainment venues. Research the availability and quality of these amenities in the new area, and consider whether they meet your needs and preferences.
- What is the crime rate in the area?
Safety is a significant concern for most people, and it's important to know the crime rate in the new area. Research crime statistics and check with local law enforcement to learn about any safety concerns in the neighborhood.
- What is the commute like in the area?
Commuting to work can be stressful and time-consuming, so it's essential to know what to expect. Research the transportation options in the area, including public transportation, highways, and bike lanes. Consider the distance from your potential home to your workplace, schools, and any other important locations plus factor in the time and cost of these commutes.
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