Thinking of making a move from the city to the ‘burbs? You aren’t alone. These days, plenty of Americans are trading in their subway tickets for suburban mini-vans. While urban areas do have some advantages (read: no shortage of culture and ample job opportunities), city suburbs bring a lot to the table – including good public schools, low crime, affordable neighborhoods, more space, lower cost of living, and less traffic – among other positives. Before moving to the suburbs, though, be sure to carefully consider these 7 things first.
#1 How well the suburb fits your needs
First things first: before you move, make sure it’s the right move. Are you and your family fully prepared for the change of pace of suburban living? I recommend first conducting as much research as possible on your various suburbs of choice. Look into the quality of the health-care, nearby schools and cost of living. In addition to online research, visit and spend quality time in a place before picking up and moving. Head to a coffee shop, stroll through the park, talk to residents and attend local events to see what kind of overall vibe you pick up from the area. Just make sure you’re choosing the suburb that best fits your needs and lifestyle.
#2 The length and time of your commute
Still working in the city? If you’re planning to frequent the city for work, you’ll need to seriously consider the new commute time. According to Psychology Today, “longer commutes are systematically associated with lower rates of well-being.” The study reported that in addition to unnecessary stress caused by congested traffic and delays, an extra hour of commuting cuts into health-related activities, such as sleep, exercise and shared meals. So before you commit to a long commute, consider whether the benefits outweigh the costs. If you’re able to do so, I recommend choosing a suburb that isn’t more than an hour away from your workplace.
#3 You’re going to need a car
Let’s face it – many city dwellers (if not most) haven’t had to drive a car in years, thanks to easy, urban alternatives, such as subways, buses, taxis, and Ubers. But alas, these modes of transportation probably won’t cut it (and may not even exist) in the land of suburbia. So if you’re planning to move to a suburban community, be prepared to purchase or lease a car. Trust me – you’ll be driving everywhere! From the grocery store to your kids’ school, you’ll need a safe and reliable car to get you there. Obviously, the downside of having a car is the cost and upkeep. However, many suburban residents find that having a car actually gives them a newfound sense of freedom. Gone are the days of overcrowded subways and sharing cars with strangers. You’ll soon be able to drive yourself wherever you wish to go – and have your own personal parking garage as well.
#4 Local Realtors’ qualifications
Whether you’re renting or buying a home, it’s important to find a reputable and reliable Realtor to help you find the right place to live. Local real estate agents should know the suburb like the back of their hand, and should be able to introduce you to neighborhoods that meet your budget and lifestyle needs. Realtors also can assist with all legalities concerning your rental or purchase. To enlist a qualified buyer’s agent to show you around, check Realtor.com’s extensive list of local Realtors.
#5 The suburb’s school district ratings
Many families move out to the suburbs for the excellent school districts. In general, suburbs have more top-rated public school systems than large cities. If educational opportunities are a concern for your family, be sure to thoroughly research a suburb’s schools before making a move. To discover the best schools for your children, use Moving.com’s free school ratings tool to access all the information you need from GreatSchools. Our school ratings are easy to navigate. All you have to do is type in the zip code or city and state of your new home and then choose whether you want to filter information by district or by school. We’ll pull the school report information most important to you from our database of nearly 90,000 public and private schools serving grades kindergarten through 12th grade. Curious where the top 10 school districts in America are located? Check here.
#6 The size and needs of your home
It’s no secret that one of the biggest draws to the suburbs is the ample amount of space! Compared to city living and small apartments, suburban residents can typically get more bang for their buck when it comes to purchasing a home. Just remember though – the bigger the home, the more furnishings you’ll need to fill it! When moving to the suburbs, it’s important to consider the amount of space you and your family actually need. Do you need a yard, a pool or extra bedrooms? If so, it’s time to empty that storage unit and start unpacking. Once you settle on a place, I recommend taking the blueprint and coming up with a plan for how you will furnish and decorate each space. Start with the rooms you’ll be frequenting most and go from there. Don’t forget to start saving room for furniture and decor in your budget now, so that once you move you won’t have to wait months to outfit your home.
#7 Hiring professional movers
If you’re able to do so, I recommend hiring professional movers to handle the upcoming relocation from the city to the ‘burbs. With elevators, steep staircases, limited parking, and dense traffic, moving from a big city requires serious planning and efficiency. If you’ve already decided to rent a moving truck, yourself, you can always hire professionals to assist with labor only, such as assembling and disassembling furniture, packing, and loading or unloading items. Fortunately, there are plenty of professional moving companies that can handle the task for you. To find the best moving company to move your belongings, check Moving.com’s extensive network of reputable and reliable movers. All relocation companies in our network are licensed and insured, so you can rest assured that your move will be in good hands. Good luck and happy moving!
Published at Fri, 01 Sep 2017 19:57:57 +0000