What to Consider When You’re Relocating

Whether you are moving two towns over or across the country, relocating can initiate a lot of changes to your life. As a homeowner, your new location will affect everything from the day-to-day to long term planning to the overall happiness of you and your family. It’s an exciting transition full of discoveries and new opportunities, but many people can feel overwhelmed by all of the information they need in order to prepare. Here at Lucas Real Estate we’ve been advising and guiding people through this process hundreds of times since 1985, and we’ve honed in on the important items to consider when you’re relocating:

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  • Immediate Surroundings. What will be in the direct vicinity of your new neighborhood? Is there anything noisy like an airport or a train station? How often do the planes/trains come and go? Also consider potential or newly approved construction in the area. Contact the code enforcement department in the town to ask if there are any proposed developments near your preferred neighborhood for example: if a gravel pit is about to be built, that may be a noisy, unsightly, and possibly unsafe to have in your neighborhood. However, if a high-end residential development has been planned, it could increase the value of your property since most cities and towns have high standards for new developments.
  • Walkability. Most buyers seek a location that allows them to meet their everyday needs conveniently. How easy will it be it to walk or bike from your home to places you might frequent such as the grocery store, restaurants, or drug stores? Is the area pedestrian friendly? If you have children or dogs, you might wish for a park to be nearby.
  • City/Town Services. It’s important to look into what level of services your new municipality would provide. Do they pick up trash at the curb, or will you have to bring your waste to a dumping station? If your new area experiences cold winters with snow, it’s also crucial to understand who will be plowing what.
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“Even if you don’t plan to use your local school system, take note: a great school system will always be a magnet drawing future buyers to the area.”
  • School Systems. If you already have children in school or will be using the school system in the future, be sure to explore the different education options. Visit schools and meet with principals to get a better understanding of the student culture, institutional values, and quality of education. Even if you don’t plan to use your local school system, take note: a great school system will always be a magnet drawing future buyers to the area. Buying a home in the district of a top school system helps protect your investment and insulate the value of your home against changes in the housing market.
  • Mill Rates. All towns assess your property value, but not all towns tax the same percentage of that assessed value. Property tax rates can vary greatly, even among neighboring towns, so it’s worth taking time to research where you’ll find the best balance of assessment and taxation for your budget.
  • Talk to a realtor. Engage with a local realtor who understands your needs and wants, because a knowledgeable realtor can make all the difference when you are relocating to an unfamiliar area. Their expertise will help you understand the nuances of your preferred new neighborhood so you can be sure you find a home that checks off as many items from your wish list as possible.

At the end of the day, relocating is all about finding a community that supports your lifestyle and suits your budget. If you focus on providing yourself with the everyday comforts you need to be content as well as creating long-term stability, you’ll help your move go smoothly and set yourself up for many happy years to come.