How to Find the Right Neighborhood for Your Family

family neighborhood

Before kids, your choice of neighborhood probably came down to: can I afford it? Is it close to work? 

Now that you have a family, schools, safety, and access to amenities are just the start. How do you know which is the best family neighborhood in your city?

We’ve got you covered. Below are six great things to consider when looking for a neighborhood for you and your family.

Consider Your Lifestyle Needs

Some families are outdoorsy and active, always on the go. For that reason, the heart of the city may not be the best neighborhood for your family. Other families prefer the variety of music lessons and sports teams offered downtown.

Knowing what your lifestyle requires or what you want to offer for your kids as they grow up is key. Maybe your child has certain medical needs that require you to be close to a hospital. Please make a list of your family needs and keep it handy as you research where to move. 

Take Advantage of the Internet

Trust us; the internet is going to be your best friend during this process. There are a few ways you can use it to your advantage.

First, research schools that fall within the districts of your top choice neighborhoods. Look at their school assessments. You want to move to a place with schools at the same level or better than the ones your kids are attending now.

You can even tour each new house you find by looking into virtual tours. See what’s available in different parts of town.  

Visit Your New Neighborhood or Town

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, take a drive to those neighborhoods. Bring the whole family and spend a day walking around.

Visit the shops or local attractions to get a feel for what it’s like. Take a look at how clean the roads are and whether there are signs of vandalism.

Neighborhood visits can be extra useful in helping teenagers adjust to a new place. They can picture what their lives might be like, get a sense of how they’ll make new friends and what activities they’ll join.

Drive Through During Different Times of the Day

To get a true feel for the neighborhood when you visit, drive through it at different parts of the day. Morning traffic may be more than you’re willing to take on. All the theater, music, and sports activities may not start until 7 pm.

Contact the Local Police Department

Did you know you can research a neighborhood’s safety rating online? If you’d rather talk to someone in the know, you can also contact local police departments. 

Local police can direct you to resources on crime statistics. Ask them for suggestions on neighborhoods with the highest safety ratings.

Evaluate Other Cost of Living Factors

Here’s where pesky things like income rates, gas prices, and commute times come into play. If you find a great new home that’s 45 minutes away, are you willing to spend more time and money commuting every day?

Is the minimum wage going to help your teens save for college or pay for gas? Are jobs growing and houses going up in value? Then you’re likely making a great investment. 

Finding the Best Family Neighborhood

Don’t rush into your next move. The right home in the right location will be a place to make memories for years to come. Use these tips to feel confident that you’ve found the perfect family neighborhood. 

So you’ve landed in the right neighborhood? Now you need to find the perfect house. To get started, contact one of our real estate agents.

Why Work With a Real Estate Relocation Agent? 3 Ways You’ll Benefit!

 
Relocating can complicated and stressful.  There are a lot of pieces to coordinate – from buying a home, to packing, to moving, to little details like getting a new driver’s license and filling out change of address forms.  We get it.  That is why you want to work with a real estate relocation agent to help you navigate all the complicated challenges that come with moving across the country.
 
 

Here are 3 things that a real estate relocation agent can help you with:

1.  They can help you narrow down your search.

If you are house hunting in a city you don’t know it can be hard to narrow down which neighborhoods are a good fit your your lifestyle and personality.  These things are beyond just bedroom and bathroom count.

For example you:

  • Like living in the heart of the city and restaurants, concerts and nightlife are important to you
  • Need a yard for pets / kids
  • Don’t want a long commute, so need something close to you office
  • Would rather not have to worry about major upkeep or don’t have time to do any remodeling and so would prefer a new home
  • Love to cook/entertain and not only want a nice kitchen but would like to be close to a local farmers market and specialty shops
  • Prefer to commute via bike of public transportation
  • You like to go running or hiking outside and would like easy access to trails
A real estate relocation agent can help tailor your search to an area that is will fit YOU.

2.  A real estate relocation agent doesn’t just know the market, they know people

As you are house hunting, a real estate relocation expert can help you with other resources all well.

Things like:

  • Finding a quality lender
  • Connecting with contractors to help with any home repairs
  • Insurance agents
  • Cleaning services
  • Unpacking and organizing services
Their relationships can save you time, money and hassle.

3.  They can help you find all the *hidden* gems

 
Every city has hidden nooks and corners that take time to get to know.  A real estate relocation agent can give you an insider’s perspective to make you feel right at home.
 

 

They can tell you about things like:

Find additional relocation resources and our tips for relocating to Salt Lake City HERE:

 

 

Looking to relocate to Salt Lake City Utah?  Market Source Real Estate can help.  We’ve assisted multiple delighted clients with their relocation and move.  Give us a call today! 801.810.6773