Moving can take a toll on you mentally, physical and emotional as well; from saying goodbye to old friends and the politics of making new ones. For those with families, looking into new schools and possible playgrounds can be a challenge. Possibly one of the most complicated moves would be moving from one state to another, and the logistics that tend to drain you as you plan your movements. That being said, the daunting challenges that come with moving will cease to be if you take some of the following tips and apply them. Moving is about planning ahead and making sure that the process doesn’t drain your energy, turning the nightmare into a fulfilled dream.
Assess Cost Of Living
Before moving into an NJ neighborhood, you may want to check out the other cost of living factors. For example, are the gas prices cheaper in your local area as compared to where you want move? Consider the local variation in gas prices by looking at how much the state taxes its gas. If the state taxes a higher charge, chances are this will in turn affect the prices of gas. You may want to look at whether the neighborhood you are interested in pays fees for the common area improvements and maintenance.
You will need to also be aware that some municipalities will require you to pay income taxes and others won’t. So before you consider moving, look into the other expenses that will either frustrate or make moving easier for you and your family.
Safety And Comfort Should Be Considered
Knowing that the neighborhood you have moved into isn’t safe after you have moved into it can put a damper on even the brightest of spirits. So before you move into your new neighborhood, scout the neighborhood before you attempt to move. Look out for signs that the area is stable and safe; signs like how many building have graffiti on them, how many abandoned building are in the area, so as to get a good sense of the security levels.
You may want to have a chat with the local police about the potentially good and stable areas and those areas that are unstable. Knowing this will help you determine where you want to relocate to.
Look Into Renting Before You Buy
If you are moving from a different state to NJ and are wondering what the best option would be between buying and renting? Choose renting. Renting gives you the chance to get familiar with your new area. It isn’t permanent so if you get tired of a particular neighborhood you can move into another without feeling the pinch of having bought a house and going through the process of finding a new buyer. Renting give you the confidence to explore the possibilities of different neighborhoods without it being a permanent solution.
Use Your Local Connections To Your Advantage
If you have friends or family that lives in an area of your interest, don’t be afraid to ask them about the pros and cons of the neighborhood. Since they live there they will more often than not be able to help you gauge whether the place you have chosen is a place you would consider moving into.
Think About Distance To Access Community Amenities
Your job isn’t the only one that will make you leave your house. Various activities such as grocery shopping, school, gym and other activities should determine where you want your neighborhood to be located. Look into areas that have all the amenities you need at a central locale ensuring that your trips are considerable reduced.
Moving, as we noted earlier, can be a nightmare but it doesn’t have to be. These are just some of the many things you can do to ensure you have a smooth transition into your new home without breaking a sweat and worrying about how to impress the new neighbors.