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How to Conduct a Thorough Search for a New Place to Live

By Rachelle Wilber | February 2, 2017

Whether you have outgrown your house, learned of a new job opportunity or do not like the neighborhood anymore, your search is underway for a new place to live. Instead of letting the process become overwhelming and unwieldy, follow some tips for narrowing your options.

Define Necessary Criteria
If you're looking at everywhere in the world, country or even state as a potential new home, you are likely to feel overwhelmed. Even when you are open to a multitude of places, define the criteria that you can. For example, you may want to live in a school district with excellent services for students with special needs, a neighborhood that has one of the lowest crime rates in the state or a community that has a specific house of worship. You may also want to stay in a certain radius from your current home.

Ask the Community
Depending upon where you want to live, you may find a community message board or group on social media. As long as these groups allow non-residents to participate, you can ask questions about the neighborhood to the residents who live there. Obtaining information directly from people who reside in the community is often a smart way to learn what it is like to live there.

Check the Statistics
You can also find out statistical information about communities. For example, you can look into reports on schools to find out how many students graduate each year and how many of them go on to attend college. Some realtors, like RE/MAX Associates of Dallas, know that it’s a good idea to look to see what the crime rates are in the are you’re thinking about. Especially over the past few years. Furthermore, you can find out how many shops, restaurants and other amenities are located in proximity to the house in which you are interested.

Visit the Area
No matter how many people you speak to, you still have to feel comfortable with the community. Moving into a neighborhood you've never explored before might leave you feeling uneasy. Therefore, you should go and take a ride around the neighborhood during both the day and the night to get a sense of how the residents interact and to see what parts of the community are bustling at what times of the day.

Trying to find a new place to live can feel overwhelming, especially since you are also attempting to coordinate a move at the same time. Therefore, you must define what it is that you want in a home and then begin to explore places that have those features.

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area, who likes to write reviews for Success Path. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym.
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