Picking the Perfect Neighborhood for Your Move

There are many different things to consider when picking the neighborhood you would like to move into. You want to consider all the pros and cons of places that interest you. There are questions you’ll want to ask yourself if you move to Canada or USA to determine you fit in with the environment you buy or rent in. In addition, you’ll want to do some research about the areas.

Consider What You Need

There are many questions to consider when choosing a new neighborhood, but here are a few to start with:

  • Do you like more of a community or a neighborhood where you’re left alone?
  • Are you interested in being close to restaurants or shopping?
  • Do you prefer a newer development or somewhere older and more lived in?
  • Is the presence of nature like parks or trees important?
  • Would you rather be on a quiet street or somewhere where something is always happening?
  • Do you want walking access to amenities?
  • Is public transportation important to you?

Crime Rates of Area

It’s always a good idea to determine the crime rates in a neighborhood you are interested in. You can check for crime rates online to get at least some idea of the crime rates and what crimes are common. Smaller areas may not have as much information as large cities.

You can also contact the local police station to find out details. They will have a good idea of the safety of the area. Many stations are more than happy to give you information to make the best decision for you and your family.

Drive Around

If you can visit the neighborhood, it’s an excellent option to do so. You can look for things like vandalism, such as broken windows or graffiti. Other things you might look for are high fences and bars on windows.

Walking around the neighborhood can also help with your search. You’ll get a better idea of the condition of houses and front yards. You’ll also likely encounter peoplee from the neighborhood and their demeanor can show if the neighborhood is friendly or not. Taking a few walks at different times of day be beneficial for seeing how things are through the day and night.


If you have children, having a good school nearby is important. Even if you do not have kids, an excellent school speaks of the neighborhood nearby. For those with children, you also may want to determine how far away schools are and how they would get there.


There are a few considerations with transportation. If you work outside of the home, you’ll likely want to consider what your commute time will be. In addition, try to determine whether the route will be easy to drive and whether you’ll be going against or with traffic in the area.

For those who prefer public transportation, think about whether a stop is near you. You can also look at routes to determine how often buses or subways come to stops and how convenient they will be for you.

If you use an airport regularly, take into consideration how far away it is. Also consider how much a taxi would cost or whether public transportation serves the airport.


For those who prefer close amenities or at least easy access to them, make sure those are possible with your neighborhood choice. Find out if there are nearby grocers, restaurants, drug stores, and coffee shops. It’s also worth considering if there are nearby bars or clubs, as they might be noisy if they are near your new home.

No matter what your needs are, these tips should take you through the process of finding the right neighborhood for you. Consider your needs and be sure the place you choose hits most of those. Sometimes settling for a number of things that you love and giving up a couple of things is needed, but make sure the neighborhood is still right for you.



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