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Moving into a new neighborhood can be tough for both parents and the children. I personally must do it once every 2-3 years as I don’t plan to purchase my first home until I am in my thirties. Therefore, for now, once my landlords turn crazy or I just need a change of scenery moving to a new neighborhood must happen. Since it’s about time for me to move again I decided today I would share with you a few of my guidelines that I have in place when deciding what to look for in a potential neighborhood for my children.
An Affordable Home
When it’s time to move one of the first things that I look at is homes in my price range. While I’m a renter, I’m not going to invest thousands of dollars in rent a month for a place that will never be my own.
Therefore, when searching the web for places, I limit my search to homes that fall within my price range. There’s no need to get my hopes up seeing my dream place only to find out that the neighbors are awful or it’s going to cost me $2,000 or more to rent per month.
Things to Do in the Neighborhood
Since I have 3 kids, it’s important that I live in a place that has things for them to do nearby. For example, in my current neighborhood, we are less than 10 minutes away from museums, theme parks, a beach, parks, and an assortment of other kid friendly places in the area.
However, I have been considering moving to Ohio and I know for certain that would want to be near places such as Cedar Point and Coney Island. In fact, there is a conference I have been dying to attend that takes place in Cedar Point so I’ll probably get a feel for Ohio to see if that’s an ideal place to raise a family when I attend.
A Great School Zone
While where I currently live at checks all my requirements, one of the biggest factors that have determined it is time for me to move is my kid’s school zone. Where we lived before the school was awesome, minus the bulk homework that they assigned to kindergarteners. However, our current school has too many downsides for me and ever since the last school year I have had it in the back of my mind that the kids need to go to a different school.
Not all schools are the same. Therefore, when looking for a new neighborhood you should do thorough research on the school that your kids will be attending. Special things to pay attention to would be their bullying policies and parent feedback about the school overall.
A Low Crime Rate
Crime is something to try to keep kids away from. While I have never lived in a bad neighborhood with my kids, in Hampton Roads there is a lot of stuff that goes on. From shootings to gang violence there is always a set of new crimes that have taken place overnight in a surrounding city.
Therefore, before I move to a new neighborhood, it is important for me to check the crimes that go on in the neighborhood. For me, I especially like to know if sex offenders are living close by.
I would highly suggest everyone does surveillance on the crimes that take place in their neighborhood. If you aren’t sure how to find out what crimes are being committed in your neighborhood feel free to send me an email and I will tell you how I find this information out.
A Home That Meets Your Requirements
Lastly, I must make sure that the neighborhood I am moving to meetings my own personal requirements. For example, I need to be able to find a house or condo that has at minimum two bathrooms with the master bedroom having its own bathroom (I’m a mom of three boys don’t judge), has some stores nearby and preferably a nail salon (I just have a permit so I don’t drive), is close to my boy’s football practice, and is close to the interstate.
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Final Thoughts on The Potential Neighborhood for Your Children
When you think about it, once you become a parent it is more important for your children to be comfortable in their new home than it is for you to be. I always keep my kids at the top of my mind when searching for a new place to live, outside of the home having at least two full bathrooms lol.
Since this is the place that they must live you want to make sure that they are comfortable.
Share what you look for in a potential neighborhood for your children below. Who knows who may find your advice to be beneficial.
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