Moving can be a very stressful time. Regardless of whether you are moving across the country or across the city, adjusting to a new area can be challenging. Simply learning where to buy groceries or find great sushi can add to the sense of unfamiliarity you feel in a new location. Fortunately, asking some important questions when planning a relocation can help make the move smoother and the transition easier.
- Ask about the nature of the neighborhood/community during all hours and days – Many times home buyers see the home briefly. If they visit during the day, work hours, they might not realize the street is filled with street hockey-playing kids or that there is heavy traffic flow in the evenings. Learn as much as you can about the area in which the home is located.
- Ask about amenities, shopping, dining and entertainment – While you’re house hunting, make sure to drive around the community and make sure you have easy access to important lifestyle needs. Gyms, parks, pools, dry cleaners; anything that is critical to the way you like to live.
- Schools – Regardless of whether or not you have children, good schools are important not only to the health of the neighborhood, but also maintaining good property values.
- Commute – Ask about local traffic and gauge your commute. A smooth ride on a Saturday morning to-and-from the business district might actually be over an hour during rush hour.
Before you choose a new community, think about what currently contributes to your quality of life. Use your real estate agent and speak to locals while you’re visiting; by asking questions before you relocate, you can ensure your move is smooth and you adjust quickly and easily to your new neighborhood.