4 Things to Consider When Moving and Why Your Neighborhood Matters

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According to published research, moving can make you happier—providing you know what to look for in your new neighborhood.

That said, the study also revealed that people who had recently moved registered on average less happy than their stay-put counterparts.

If you want to relocate then it is vital you know about the most important things to consider when moving. Because if you do, unlike many others, you'll be able to find a dream neighborhood that you're excited to live in, in no time at all. 

Read on to find out the top 4 things to take stock of in a neighborhood when looking to move.

1. The Average Age of the Community Where You Want to Move

One of the biggest things to consider when moving to a new city is the age of the community in the area that you're looking at.

A neighborhood that's populated with people of a similar age will tend to offer a higher feeling of community than one that isn't. This plays a big role in how happy we feel in our neighborhoods, as research has shown the extent to which one feels part of a neighborhood has an impact on how much we enjoy the other features neighborhood has to offer. 

For example, if you are planning on building a home for retirement, and you choose a location that is populated with other retirees, you will more easily be able to make new friends and engage in local activities. 

2. The Amenities That Are Available

Having access to the amenities that you need is very important and can determine how happy you are in a particular neighborhood. 

Take stock of the proximity of things like:

  • Medical facilities
  • Shops you would frequent
  • Schools
  • Entertainment
  • Trails
  • Other natural elements
  • Sports facilities
  • Public transport

Depending on your needs and preferences, you might want to forgo some conveniences to be close to trails or a golf course. 

3. The Resale Value Potential

To ensure that you're making not only an informed move—but a smart financial move at the same time, you also need to factor in potential property resale values in the neighborhoods you are looking at.

For this, you will need to do a little research into the area you are considering and get an idea if it is an area that will appreciate with time. 

4. The Location and Its Future

To determine potential resale values, you need to think about the location in question and it's future. 

Besides playing into resale value, the future of a location will also determine how happy you are in times to come. 

Now You Know About the Most Important Things to Consider When Moving

Now that you know about the crucial things to consider when moving, it's pretty much a done deal that your next move will be a success. 

If you're thinking of relocating to Richmond—why wouldn't you, seeing as it's rated the happiest city in the US by the National Bureau of Economic Research—and want to move into a brand new home, we can help you achieve the house of your dreams. 

Check out our gallery or contact us today to kickstart the journey to your perfect new house, in the perfect new location.