Moving Checklist: Choosing a Neighborhood

moving checklistWhen it comes to finding a new place to live, choosing an apartment isn’t the only thing on your moving checklist.  You’ll also be looking the location of that apartment, which means carefully assessing the neighborhoods of your future city and finding the one that best suits your needs.  This can be hard if, say, you are making a long distance move and won’t be able to check out all of the apartments in person right away.  Even if you’re just moving from across town, it’s best to have all the facts about the area before you make a decision about an apartment.

In celebration of National Moving Month, here are a few moving checklist items to streamline the picking process, so whether you are moving from far away or nearby, you can feel confident about the neighborhood you choose and the apartment in it.

Starting the Moving Checklist

To make a moving checklist when searching for a new neighborhood, you should first make a list of everything you’re looking for in a new community.  Consider noise level, price point, and proximity to public transportation, community resources, shopping, activities, area schools, and parks.  Make a list of what is important to you, and reference that list as you start your search.

Get the Facts Online

Check comprehensive sites like to get the facts about apartments in the city in which you’re searching.  Narrow down your choices by price range, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, types of pets allowed, and the amenities various apartments offer.

Check out City Websites

Lots of cities have a website dedicated to information for and about the city’s residents, visitors, and government.  Many even have social media monikers!  It may take some clicking around, but you can usually find information about the community, maps, demographics, and information by neighborhood.

What’s On Your Moving Checklist?

What was on your moving checklist while looking for a new neighborhood?  Share your moving checklist, moving tips, and more with on Twitter and Facebook!  You can also check out the Apartment Moving Center for extra moving help.