How do you decide where to live?

    liveMoving can be an exciting prospect, especially if you’re moving to Northern Utah. You get to change your scenery, change your commute and even change your home’s size.

    How will you know which area or neighborhood is right for you?Or, if it is the right area for you?

    Consider the following:

    • Proximity That is, how close is it to “your” places? Work? School? Favorite shopping or restaurants? On that note, would you like to live close to a park or entertainment venues? Would you prefer to avoid crowded areas or areas with an overactive nightlife?
    • Flexibility Chances are that your life won’t always be just like it is right now. If you’re single you might one day have a +1 to consider. If you’re a couple you might one day have children. It’s a good idea to choose a neighborhood that can grow with you. Buying a condo located directly above a bar in a busy entertainment area might be a great fit for your single life, but it’s not likely to jive well when children come into the picture.
    • Safety- Naturally you want to pick a neighborhood that you can feel safe living in. How can you know it’s safe? Local law enforcement agencies often release crime statistics on different areas and neighborhoods. You can also access your state’s Sex Offender Registry to see offenders living around your desired address.
    • Service Availability- It’s important to consider what services are available in certain areas or neighborhoods. For instance, how close are emergency services? In rural areas you might think about internet, phone and cable service availability. Another service that few people consider when choosing a neighborhood: food delivery. It might seem like a small thing now, but living in a neighborhood where you can’t get a pizza delivered can become a source of annoyance after a while.

    So when you begin house hunting in Northern Utah and making lists of what features you want your house to have do the same for your neighborhood. Sit down and give considerable thought to what you want now and what you might like in the future.

    If you’d like a list of homes in certain areas, contact us!  Or check out our search area on our Utah Life Website!  Our team of local experts is ready to guide you through the home-buying process. We are committed to fast, professional and courteous service to help you understand and feel at ease throughout the home buying process. Our trained and licensed agents specialize in the Northern Utah area real estate market and are prepared to find the right home and get the best price.

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