With today's technology, it's not necessary to "be there" to acquire a feel for another city or area. With long distance moving, however, it's imperative to know as much as possible about that destination before the move. Learn more about researching a new place to live.
Cost of Living
To learn how far a dollar goes when moving long-distance to an unrelated area, take some time to carefully research the costs of housing, food, transportation, and healthcare, among other factors. Calculate how the new salary stacks up against the previous one regarding the current budget and potential of saving money. This will help to create a more balanced budget for the new destination.
Threat of Crime
Selecting where to live—and its crime rate—may be one of the more important decisions involved in a move. City and local police departments usually publish crime rates on their official websites. Meanwhile, CrimeReports, Family Watchdog, and SpotCrime also provide extensive databases as well.
Choices of Housing
Numerous websites collect and analyze information on U.S. cities and their surrounding areas. Check out City-Data.com for profiles and statistics for cost of living expenses, median income, and more. Local real estate websites feature new listings, recent sales of homes, price reductions, days of homes on the market, and more. Knowing about realty prices and neighborhood trends before a long distance move can prevent a possible future headache. Other great resources for real estate information include Zillow, Realtor.com, and Trulia.
Carefully review the method and times of commuting to and from work. If driving, Google Maps is a powerful resource for measuring traffic flow and time estimates down to the day and hour. If using public transportation, visit the appropriate bus, subway, or train website for their routes, schedules, and times.
Influence of Schools
Good schools almost always assure good neighborhoods. When residents care about the schools their children attend, they usually care about the community, too. Even potential new residents without kids should evaluate the local school system for its impact on the resale value of homes.
If you're making a long-distance move, family-owned Lee Moving & Storage, Inc. can help. We offer more than 60 years of experience, competitive pricing, strict attention to detail, and storage, as well as a partnership with Atlas Van Lines. Call us anytime at (504) 254-2950 for more information. You also can fill out our contact form for assistance or request an instant quote for your move.