Tips for Picking the Right Neighborhood06/24/2015Moving to a new neighborhood is essentially a fresh start. Our Dallas movers at A-1 Freeman Moving Group know how important it is to find the neighborhood that’s right for you. Here are some tips for making sure you choose a neighborhood that you’ll love: Safety: As probably the most important starting point of your move, you’ll want to make sure your new neighborhood is safe for you and your family. Luckily, it’s not hard to research neighborhood crime rates. Many websites have already done it for you. You can always talk to your real estate agent or local law enforcement for more information. Little known tip from our Dallas residential movers, sidewalks are generally good indicators of whether a neighborhood is safe or not. Sidewalks generally indicate an active community with parks and other amenities nearby. Expenses: It’s important to factor in all the taxes and extra expenses that come with living in a particular neighborhood. Beware of pricey homeowner’s association fees and regulations. You’ll also want to take a look at property taxes. Since they’re based on the value of your home, they can always increase, so make sure your budget can cover any inflation before you decide to move there. Characteristics:They say location is everything and it’s true.You’ll want your new neighborhood to be located in a convenient area. If it’s too far from stores, gas stations, or work, you may want to reconsider. A long drive might not seem like a big deal at first, but it will get old. Whether or not you have children, you’ll want to look into neighborhoods with a good school district. This is usually a positive indication of a safe, desirable neighborhood, which will make it easier if you need to sell your home in the future. Another factor to consider when choosing your neighborhood is your lifestyle and what amenities are close by, whether its parks, libraries, swim or tennis facilities, or an active senior center. Picking a new neighborhood can be a long process, but it’s definitely worth it. Ask yourself if you can see yourself living there. If not, keep moving; the right neighborhood for you is definitely out there! For a Dallas moving company you can trust, contact A-1 Freeman. Our professional movers have the experience and tool necessary to make your move a success. Call or fill out a form to get your free moving or storage estimate today!