Important Things to Keep in Mind when Moving to a New City

Moving to a new city can feel overwhelming. Turn it into a rewarding experience by taking the following factors into consideration:

    1. Real estate prices

    Check out real estate prices in the city you’re planning to move to before you pack your things.

    Some cities are more affordable for buyers while some are better for renters. The same applies to neighborhoods. Different property types vary in affordability depending on demand and availability.

    Real estate experts suggest renting during your first year in a new city. It allows you to get to know the place better and assess your commitment to staying on.

    Whether or not you decide to stay for good, you should continue to improve your credit score and credit rating. Doing so allows you to increase your chances of getting a better loan amount from mortgage lenders if you’re considering buying a house in the city you’re in – or elsewhere.

    2. Home location

    The location isn’t just a mantra for real estate practitioners; it is also a huge factor that affects your quality of life.

    Once you decide to buy a house, gather all the information you can about the neighborhoods you’re interested in. Check out nearby amenities, crime rates, the quality of schools, the accessibility to your workplace, and yes, the vibe of the neighborhood.

    Aside from attending open houses, drive around the neighborhood. Time your visit during rush hour to check out the traffic situation.

    3. Cost of living

    Are you going to get more bang for your buck in the city you intend to move into? Or will you need to scrimp a bit? Take the time to measure your salary against your day-to-day expenses.

    There’s also the question of walkability and transportation. How accessible is your new city? Do you need to drive everywhere to get to your needs? If so, how is the traffic situation?

    If you are buying a home right away, don’t fall into the trap of being “house poor.” Aside from your mortgage, your income needs to cover your daily needs and an emergency fund.

    4. Employment opportunities

    Unless you are relocating on the behest if your employer, check out the job market in the city you’re moving to. Look at the area’s growth and employment rate.

    Keep in mind that cities can often specialize in certain industries and may not give you a lot of job choices. However, you can also assess the suitability of your skills and job experience to the employment opportunities of a new area. For instance, the problem-solving skills you honed as an administrator in a healthcare organization may still land you a job in the tech industry.

    5. Quality of life

    This refers to your general well-being as an individual in a certain location based on its positive and negative features.

    In short, if you’re moving to a new city, how happy do you think you’ll be? You can try to quantify this by using the things you enjoy about your old city as a reference point.

    If you like going out, how do the variety of restaurants, sports and activity centers, or entertainment options compare? If you lived in a dense urban neighborhood, are you willing to compromise vibrancy for the calm of suburban tree-lined streets and pocket parks?

    Prepare to make concessions on your wants as long as your needs are met.

Toledo, Ohio Realtor – Realtors in Toledo, Ohio

Looking for a reliable real estate agent in Northwestern Ohio? Get in touch with trusted local REALTOR® Brett Varner and his team of experts at 419.215.7147 or email Experience and effectiveness are what you’ll get in return.

Our Blog