How do you check out the neighborhood BEFORE you live there?
This was a question on my radio show today.
And here are a few of my suggestions.
Take a walk in the neighborhood at different times of the day, evening and weekend.
What are your concerns?
Is it the noise, parking or traffic ?
Find out if the neighbors have pit bulls or a teenage rock band?
Maybe you need good reception for your HAM Radio...a request from one of my legally blind callers today.
Do you have children and need a specific school system?
Do you want to be in a neighborhood that has your contemporaries?
Do you want a family oriented area so you could be a surrogate grandparent and babysit?
Maybe you work nights and there is a motorcycle hobbyist who revs his bikes up during the day?
Are you dependent on public transportation?
Do you want to walk to the grocery store and other local business?
Neighborhoods have personalities.
Visit the area, talk to the neighbors.
Do you feel comfortable?
Only you know if it's a good fit.
These are some of the old fashioned ways.
There are also numerous sites to look up walk scores, prices, taxes, crime statistics and commute times.
Do your research BEFORE you make a move.