Last time, we discussed the first steps you should be taking when you decide to relocate. Now, we’re here to talk about finding the perfect community for you. There’s no doubt that Massachusetts is a desirable state to live in. The beautiful coast, bustling cities, and rich history surround us in the Bay state. So how are you supposed to choose the best community when there are so many options? Here are some ways to narrow down your search.
Finding a community that allows you to live comfortably and within your means is important. If you’re relocating for a job that’s located in the city, you’ll have to choose between living a more expensive lifestyle closer to your job, or a less expensive lifestyle with a commute. Choosing to live in a community just outside of the city can dramatically decrease the cost of your living expenses. This is a popular choice for many people living in Massachusetts and working in cities like Boston. Towns located right outside of the city usually offer accessible public transportation right into the city.
Of course, if you’re a parent, this is a very important aspect of where you choose to settle down. However, even if you don’t have children, the state of an education system can tell you a lot about a community. A strong and growing education system typically translates into a thriving community with strong resale values. There are many communities in Massachusetts that offer great public and private school choices.
When you’re not at home what are you doing? If you’re not much of a homebody, you may want to look into communities that have many local amenities close by. Are there good restaurants? Shopping? Town events? Parks? If you enjoy farmers markets and small businesses you will most likely find these in smaller communities. If you like the convenience of a store around every corner, you might prefer a larger community. Finding a community that matches your lifestyle is important.
Are you looking for a community where you can leave your door unlocked? Believe it or not, there are many communities in Massachusetts that are extremely safe and have little to no record of violence or crime. You may even be able to find communities that provide extra security. For example, the town of Andover provides an officer who is solely dedicated to patrolling the town square. Various communities also have police departments actively post FYI’s and safety information for the community on social media sites, such as Facebook.
So, do you have an idea of the community that will best fit your needs? Now that you’ve found the perfect community, it’s time to find the perfect home. For our next blog, we’ll help you narrow down your home search. Stay tuned for part three of our relocating series!