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  • Apr 05 2017

    5 Tips to Find the Best Neighbourhood to Live In

    Moving can be fun when you choose the right mover and a great neighbourhood. Before moving, it is advisable to investigate if the new neighbourhood meets your family needs in terms of education for your kids, transportation options, recreation, safety, and security.

    Moving Into a New Neighbourhood

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    Nothing can make life much more enjoyable like having peace of mind in terms of the welfare, safety, and security of your family. Our neighbourhood,  to a large extent, determines how enjoyable, fun, safe and secured our home is going to be, as such choosing the right neighbourhood is something that needs to be taken seriously.

    That being said, here are some top tips that you should consider when choosing a neighbourhood for you and your family.

    1. The Safety and Security of Your Family Should be a Top Priority

    Many at times, people sacrifice safety and security in favour of low-cost houses and apartments. This could seem like a rational decision especially when statistics shows that crime rate in the area is not 100%, meaning there are still chances of living in that neighbourhood for a long time without any incidence. On the contrary, just the thoughts of living in a high crime area could cause anxiety and worry.  Therefore, your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to improve your life and that of your family, which can only be accomplished when you have peace of mind and the right information to make sound decisions.

    When choosing a neighbourhood, make sure you contact the police department or local newspapers to get a crime map. This will enable you to identify areas that could better serve your needs in terms of safety and security.  It’s very advantageous to live in a neighbourhood that has a police station.

    2. Access to Different Transportation Options is a must-have

    According to moneycrashers.com,“if you are planning on commuting by car most of the time, consider whether your candidate neighbourhoods also have access to other forms of transit”. Although having a vehicle guarantees your trip back and forth from work, taking the train might save you time depending on the day, the locality you live in and your destination.  In addition, it could be much easier for your kid(s) to go to school using public transit instead of you dropping them off.

    3. School for your Kids

    If you have kids, you definitely want to make sure your new neighbourhood has the right school for them. Understand what your child’s current school is offering and look for neighbourhoods that have schools with a similar mission, vision, culture and teaching practices. The goal is to make your child’s transition into the new school seamless.

    4. Recreation

    There are standard recreations that are offered by most municipalities in Canada. However, you and your family, especially your kids, might have been engaged in specific activities that are not present in most areas.  Therefore, you should target neighbourhoods that have these recreations. The last thing you will want is for your kids to feel miserable after the move just because they are missing the activities that they consider fun.  Some common recreations to consider include: cycling, hiking, canoeing, skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, etc.

    5. Amenities

    Work without play has never been known to improve productivity. Spending quality time with friends and family to enjoy amenities leads to a healthy and more fulfilling life. When moving into a new neighbourhood, make sure you understand what kind of amenities are present. Grocery stores, restaurants, shopping malls, bars, etc are some of the basic amenities that everyone enjoys. If you live in a neighbourhood that only has high-end grocery stores, you might see your monthly grocery expense doubled.

    Hopefully, these tips will help you make an informed decision that will lead to a more enjoyable and fun life in your new neighbourhood. Are there any important tips that we missed? Please let us know by commenting below.

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