When a Utah family is looking to move, there are some important things to consider about the neighborhood that can make the difference between having a good experience in a new home to having a bad experience. Having a choice in which neighborhoods a person can live is a rare and precious commodity. Many people cannot afford to choose a neighborhood to live in, they must live in the one that they can afford. This certainly doesn’t mean that all low rent districts are bad, but there is a greater likelihood of violence, alcohol abuse and a poor school system in those neighborhoods where rent is cheaper.
For those families that can afford to choose their neighborhoods, the first thing to look for is the age appropriate school. Just visiting the school during school hours can give a parent the knowledge about the mind of school it is. If it has metal detectors, its own security force and barbed wire around the perimeter, the parent should first make sure that it isn’t a prison. Regardless, if it is a prison or school, it may not be the place to raise a child when given the choice.
A nicely manicured neighborhood may be hiding the Stepfords, so it is important to take the initiative and meet some of the neighbors, catch a little neighborhood gossip and flavor. Neighbors can be tremendously important when it comes to living in the right neighborhood. Moving next to someone who seems friendly and open will probably be better than moving next door to the crabby old man that everyone calls the scary German guy. In the movies, that man is usually just misunderstood and may even serve up a good piece of pie and a great deal of knowledge that can essentially save the world. IN real life, that man may be misunderstood, or he may be a horrid neighbor always yelling at the kids and calling the cops at the smallest of perceived slights.
A family who is looking to move and has a choice will want to choose a neighborhood where the home that they are buying will last and gain in value. Because the housing market has yet to recover, now is the time to be looking to buy the right home for the family. A younger family will want to make sure that there is room to grow, and an older family may want to make sure that there is room to take care of the grandparents or for college grads who are unable to find employment. A beautiful neighborhood where there is plenty of space for the kids to play and kind neighbors who drive slowly shouldn’t be left to luck.