With Americans moving, on average, every five to seven years, it’s likely you’ll be experiencing a moving day of your own in the future. Although moving can be challenging, there are resources that can make it easier. If you’re remaining in the area, your agent can continue to be a valuable resource on communities, schools, utilities, transportation, recreational opportunities and more.
Tips For a smooth moving day
Get to know your community before you buy
Looking for a neighborhood is a lot like looking for a house. You have a list of features you need and amenities you’d love to have. Once you’ve determined which neighborhoods are within your price range, here are a few things to consider when you’re looking for a community that’s a perfect fit for your family.
Schools. Great schools are a top priority for families. Check state and school district websites for school rankings, performance on standardized tests, average class size, curriculum, graduation rates, funding stability and special programs, including on-site before- and after-school day care. Typically this information is available for both public and private schools.
Safety. Review crime statistics for your prospective community on state and local government websites. It’s also a good idea to find out if your neighborhood is easily accessible for emergency services and reasonably close to a well-regarded medical facility.
Retail. City or chamber of commerce websites are excellent sources of information on stores, restaurants, cafés, theaters and a variety of services.
Recreation. Park and recreation departments, local colleges, the YMCA and other organizations offer programs for kids and adults, sports leagues, classes, concerts, events and recreational opportunities. Check their websites.
Faith communities. Chamber of commerce websites often list area churches, temples and synagogues with links to their individual websites.
The Internet is a quick, convenient way to start exploring a new neighborhood. But for true on-the-ground insights and information, contact your agent.