Moving from the City to the Suburbs
Many people decide at some point in their lives to move from the city into the suburbs. No matter the deciding factor for the move, there are a few things to consider before you pack your bags.
How well does the suburbs fit your needs?
Before you move, make sure it’s the right move. Research the surrounding suburban areas to see which is the best fit for you. You should consider the quality of healthcare, any nearby schools, and the cost of living. After doing an online research session, visit the neighborhood and see if you like the vibe of the neighborhood. Go to different stores or restaurants and talk to the residents to see if it would fit your lifestyle before diving in and searching for homes.
What size home do you need?
Once you find an area that you want to be in, the next thing you should consider is the size of your home. One of the biggest advantages of moving to the suburbs is more space. However, more space means more room you’ll have to decorate. Sit down and figure out what you need and want in a home and look for a home to fit those needs. Before you start the moving process, start budgeting to save money to purchase furnishings for your new home.
How will you get around?
The city is full of ample means of transportation, including taxis, subways, and buses. However, that isn’t the case in the suburbs. When moving out to a suburban area, you’ll most likely have to purchase a car to get from place to place. Purchasing or leasing a car can be costly, but many city to suburban dwellers find that it gives them a new sense of freedom.
What’s the length of your commute?
If you are still going to be working in the city, consider what your commute time is going to be. Longer commutes are often associated with dissatisfaction and lower rates of well-being. Additionally, longer commutes leave you less time for sleep, exercise, and family time. If you are able to, look at suburbs that aren’t more than one hour away from your workplace.
What’s the school system like?
A good school system is a must for many people moving out to the suburbs. Even people who don’t intend on having children can benefit from living in a neighborhood with a good school system, as it adds great resale value. However, not every school system is right for every family. Discuss what you think you need, such as a school with a great art and music program, and find a school that offers those services and educational opportunities that you need.
When do things close?
City dwellers are used to a 24/7 lifestyle, and it can be very jarring to move to a place where you can’t find late-night sushi. Most places in suburban communities close their doors around 9 p.m. If you want to have a more transitional living area, look for a suburb that has a town center, with shops and restaurants to get the suburban living with a city flair.