What Makes a Good Neighborhood?

what makes a good neighborhood

What makes a good neighborhood?

Answering that question is essential in determining your ideal endpoint when pondering a long-distance move—perhaps before you even think about the cost of moving.

Ultimately, the answer is an individual decision. However, there are some common points that anyone contemplating a cross country move should consider. Make your custom mix from these elements. Remember: Location, location and…LOCATION!

Unless you’re a hermit, it’s not only your nice, clean, new house you’re moving to; you’re relocating to an environment. Good schools. Low crime. Easy access to medical care. Cultural events. Great outdoors. All of these and more might be considerations when deciding what makes a good neighborhood.

Consider these five good neighborhood guidelines while deciding where your long distance move ultimately will take you.

  1. Great schools

Whether you have little ones enrolled currently or your child-reading days are in the past- or future-tense, you’ll benefit by moving near great schools. That’s because a terrific school boosts the value of surrounding neighborhoods. These sought-after areas also enjoy strong property values. If you’re seeking a strong school system, try Trulia or Zillow (both partner with GreatSchools.org). However, their heavy reliance on test scores to calculate school ratings has drawn criticism.

  1. Low crime

No one likes a high crime rate, except maybe criminals. “Safe neighborhood.” “Low crime rate.” These are desirable phrases when sizing up what makes a good neighborhood. But look not just for what’s happening in the moment. Check the trends. Is the crime rate decreasing? Increasing? A neighborhood where crime rates are at a stabilized low indicate a status quo situation. Improving rates signal a neighborhood is improving; the opposite trend indicates a declining area.

Low crime rates give a neighborhood a sense of ease and calm. As safety and security are everyone’s concern, crime is a quick way to tell if a neighborhood is improving or not. You can usually spot a transitional and improving neighborhood by the improvement or decline in its crime rates.

Since the Fair Housing Act prohibits real-estate agents from responding to neighborhood-safety inquiries, you’re on your own in making those determinations. One resource is Trulia Crime Maps. This online resource shows crime frequency and category for a particular area.

  1. Fun factor

Do you describe yourself as a homebody? A night-lifer? Are your lured by bright lights/big city or does a stroll in the great outdoors do it for you? Maybe your idea of fun has changed, necessitating your long distance relocation. Identifying what constitutes your “fun factor” helps fine-tune your definition of what makes a good neighborhood. Nearby stores, shops and eateries—or even within walking distance—might be your idea of paradise. Do you like a thriving downtown or would you rather occupy the outskirts? 

  1. Pride in the name of…

A good neighborhood is a proud place—and ain’t afraid to show it. Manicured lawns. Immaculate exteriors. OK, it doesn’t have to be that OCD perfect, but proud ownership is evident by a well-groomed landscape-and-house combo. You notice it right away when you drive down the street.

  1. The Rx factor

Access to quality medical care can’t be overstated, particularly during these unprecedented times. While important for anyone, the getting-to-a­-doc-fast factor will likely especially strong appeal for senior citizens and families that include young children.

The American Way

If you’re looking for a professional moving and storage company in Dayton, Ohio that has assisted hundreds of residents in your community with everything from residential to commercial moving services, then you’re looking for American Way Van & Storage. Our family-owned moving company provides Dayton-area residents with professional commercial and residential relocation solutions at fair prices. When you partner with American Way, you always receive a comprehensive list of moving services so that you can make the decision that’s best for your specific relocation needs.

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