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Moving to another neighborhood – the good & bad…

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neighborhood moving
June 7, 2014 |

Every year thousands of Americans decide to move from their current neighborhood. As time moves forward, preferences on where to live move forward also, and with this change a sort of mixing occurs with people all over the world. Of course, as the saying goes the grass is always greener on the other side, and what you believe is a better situation may not always be the case. Before you start loading up the car, consider both sides of moving to a new neighborhood.

The Bad

For starters, a new neighborhood means new neighbors. These are people you do not know and likely won’t know for quite some time. They could be anyone, and may even have a sorted history. Fortunately, you can look to find out if there are any registered sex offenders in your location, but you will not know if someone has been charged with a non-sex related crime. This can be frightening for families.

Crime may not always be the only issue you face. There are hundreds of horror stories about Home Owners Associations making life a living hell for residences who reside within their gates. Insane restrictions and snobby neighbors can contribute to a poor quality of life, even if the neighborhood seems quaint or luxurious. So choose wisely.

Another area of concern is the school district. Although good neighborhoods are generally in good school districts, you may run into less than satisfactory educational standards if you send your children to public school. Do your homework before choosing a neighborhood.

The Good

Moving to a new neighborhood can be scary. However, if you are moving from a location where crime is on the rise and people are becoming less and less friendly out of fear, then moving to a new neighborhood can be a good thing. You may be opening up yourself to a better quality of life with friendly neighbors around you. Additionally, good neighbors will watch each other’s belongings and property while the others are gone, which can give you peace of mind when you are away.

You may be able to decrease your commute time to work as well. Instead of fretting over the amount of time it takes to get to work, you can now easily hop in the car and drive down the road to your job without traffic. This is a serious benefit of moving to a new neighborhood.

Whatever choice you make, carefully analyze the risks you take on with your move. You will be grateful you did.

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