Are you considering moving to a brand new city, but you’re not sure if it’s going to be the right fit for you and/or your family?
It can be extremely challenging to move to a place you’ve never lived, and it’s in the real estate agent’s best interest to convince you to move and buy a house. Of course they’re going to make everything about the town sound great – even if it isn’t.
So what should you consider before you move somewhere new?
Here are some questions to ask!
What Are the Primary Industries?
Ideally, the city will have multiple industries that support its economy – like the automobile industry in Detroit. Are you looking at a vacation town supported by the travel industry? A rural community focused on agriculture? Or a tech-savvy tech town that focuses on clean energy? You want to make sure your new city is built on a sustainable economy, and it’s also important to get an idea of where you might be able to find a job.
Is the City Walkable?
Cities with good sidewalks and bike lanes keep residents happy and healthy – and safe. If outdoor activity is important to you or you’d like to walk or bike to work, then check out www.walkscore.com to determine how walkable the city is.
What Are the Best Neighborhoods?
Obviously, not all parts of a city are equal. Some areas are have more amenities than others, some are more or less expensive, some are more or less safe. Be sure to have a good understanding of the neighborhoods and exactly where you want to live! It’s worth a trip to take a self-guided tour of the neighborhoods you’ve scoped out online. Seeing things first-hand will really help you make your decision.
What’s the Cost of Living?
This is one of the most important things to consider when moving to a new city. How much is housing? How much are groceries and gas compared to Metro Detroit? Do those numbers line up with your income? This math is especially important if you’re considering moving for a higher-paying job. If the cost of living is also higher, it may be a wash.
Good luck on your move out of Metro Detroit – we hope you’re headed for warmer weather! Now, if you need help selling your Michigan home, give Mitten Made Properties a call at (248) 883-3340. We can make you a fair cash offer, buy your home completely as-is, and close in as little as two weeks!