Proximity to work is important, but the journey to your relaxation havens shouldn’t ruin your fun either.
- Check for easy access to your favorite hobbies.
- Time how long it takes to reach after-school activities during rush hour.
- Note any significant changes to weekend traffic patterns.
If the neighborhood has a community association or homeowners association (HOA), evaluate its rules and reputation before you move in.
- Get a copy of the covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) and review them.
- Find out if the community association/HOA imposes any fees.
- Chat with neighbors about their experiences with the community association/HOA.
- Search the local newspaper online for any mentions of the community association/HOA.
Make sure your new neighborhood offers the services you’ll need.
- Confirm access to high-speed internet.
- Determine which cable companies provide the best service.
- Test your cellphone for consistent reception.
Property taxes and insurance rates can change dramatically across cities and countries, so determine how your desired ZIP code will affect your finances.
- Find out if your property taxes will increase or decrease.
- Verify if the neighborhood is subject to local or municipal income taxes.
- Talk to your car insurance company about possible rate changes.
A vibrant, thriving neighborhood can be a joy to live in, but not at the cost of your sleep and serenity.
- Pay attention to whether the roads are busy.
- Verify that streetlights won’t shine into bedrooms.
- Check the proximity of bus and train routes.
- Note how close bars and restaurants are and how late they stay open.
- Obtain the walk score.
- Check the transit score.
- Look for bike lanes.
- Confirm that sidewalks are kept up.