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Top 10 Ways to Find the Best Place to Move

Top 10 Ways to Find the Best Place to Move Chavis Moving and Storage

Where you should move?  How do you know? These are complicated questions with many answers to consider.  So here’s some tips on finding the right place for you!   and maps and statistics that might reveal why some areas would be more or less attractive than others for you. There are also basic, widely applicable guidelines you might want to follow too below. The key is to check out not just one of these information points, but all of them together to pick the best place to live. (At the very least, it’s better than throwing a dart at a map on the wall.) Here are ten things you might want to consider:

10 – Where to Live to Avoid a Natural Disaster

Some people are just natural worry warts so this factor would be of much more importance to some than others when thinking about the best place to move.  The chances of Mother Nature coming after you are higher in some areas in of the US than others. So if you”re known to be anxious about emergency storm warnings then this is a good map to consult.  And here’s list of cities with the best weather.

9 – Best and Worst States to Earn a Living

Other than being near family and friends, probably the most important consideration on where to live is income.  We have included a link to Money Rates analysis of the 10 most difficult and 10 best states to earn a living which is based on average salary, cost of living, employment rate, and workplace conditions.  Another in-depth study found the minimum amounts of income that an adult or family would need to cover basic expenses to live in specific areas.

8 – The Most Prominent Jobs Per State

For a more in-depth look you’d probably want to find out where the jobs are for your chosen career. This previously mentioned interactive chart visualizes the most prominent jobs by state and salary. For any occupation and industry, you always want to go where the best job opportunities and long-term growth are.

7 – What Is The Cost of Living

The cost of living is another huge consideration when relocating. A study a few years ago suggested that $75,000 a year is the household income happiness tipping point. Any earning beyond that might not be substantially improved your happiness and well-being. So what is the magic number for each state?  Here are the numbers.

6 – How Long of a Commute

Money isn’t everything when it comes to finding the right place to relocate. For many, a short commute is ideal. As a matter of fact, just moving 20 minutes closer to work could save your health and improve your savings account.

5 – Renting or Buying

Housing is usually the biggest expense in a budget. With that said, it pays to compare the rent prices for different locations as well as the average home buying costs and mortgage rates by location. In some places renting is more beneficial than buying.  In other places buying is better, and that can make a difference if you’re intend on buying a home.

4 – Does the Area Match Your Lifestyle

Here’s how to quickly vet a neighborhood to know if you can actually enjoying living there.  Some people might prefer a neighborhood with a great nightlife, entertainment, and shopping while others may prefer well-maintained public parks areas and quiet. With that said, don’t count out a totally different lifestyle than you’re used to.  It might surprise you if you gave the other a chance.

3 – Area Restrictions

Before moving to a new area it’s always best to read through your renter’s agreement and rights as well are your town’s laws.  You don’t want to go through all the trouble of relocating only to find out your town has strange laws that may affect your lifestyle.

2 – Who’s In Your Neighborhood

Although you can’t necessarily stereotype everyone by a Zip Code, communities often do have socio-demographic characteristics.  For example, marketers use where we live to group us into segments.  Depending on where you live, your neighborhood might be seen as an artsy bohemian mix, or full of retirees. The Nielsen PRIZM Zip Code lookup tool can help provide insight when you’re looking at moving into a certain area so you know what to expect from your neighbors.

1 – Check It Out

When it comes to making the final decision the best way to find out if you like a city or certain area is to simply visit.  Spend some time there.  Get to know the areas and neighborhoods.  You can do all the research you want, but in the end.  There’s nothing like being there.  And when you get ready to make that move, call us at Chavis Moving and Storage – – and we’ll help you make the best of your new location.


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