You might think you could live in any neighborhood and be happy, safe. But you should be wise about where you decide to live.
Moving home, what to consider
Moving Home Part 1 – Lofty Goals: Key Considerations Before Moving To A Big-City Apartment
Moving home – today we have the first article in a two part series from our regular contributor, Lindsey Harper Mac, on finding a new place to live when you have to move for career development. Lindsey is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area. She specializes in writing guest posts on social media and education. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree. Come back next week for Article 2. You can find links to some of her earlier posts at the end of this article.
Article 1 of 2 part series
Lofty goals: Key considerations before moving to a big-city apartment
It’s dusk and a purplish sky is the backdrop behind buildings dotted with a few remaining office-lights, workers still at their computers. You like this city. Maybe you’re just visiting before moving here for your new job, but you’ve already come to think of it as a buzzing hub, a place to start your future. You know all about the growth the city has seen over the last ten years – the improvements made, the business attracted here, the rankings of “best cities to live in” – and you’re excited to call it your home.
But cities are big places. It’s easy to look at the skyline at dusk and believe you know everything about your city –where to eat, where to go on dates, that great hidden shoe-repair place – and you might think you could live in any neighborhood and be happy, safe. But you should be wise about where you decide to live.
Every city, no matter how big or small or well respected, will have problems. And you won’t be able to avoid some of these problems – like bad traffic if you live away from your workplace – but you can choose where to live, for the most part. Before settling on an apartment, investigate the crime rate. You can even compare crime rates for two different cities.
If you’re already determined to move to a particular city, you’ll still need to know which neighborhoods are best for you. You can ask your employer for suggestions, if you’re moving to a new city for work.
These days, you can find extensive information about public transportation. If you’re moving to a large city and plan to get around primarily by bus, taxi or train, check out the schedules and stops in advance. Determine whether you can safely travel from one place to another, and that you won’t end up stranded somewhere, simply because the buses stop running at midnight.
Regardless of where you live, accidents and disasters can happen. Even if you’re moving to a city with a low crime rate, you can’t predict the risk of fire or a strong storm destroying your apartment. Make sure you protect your belongings with renters insurance, because your landlord’s policy probably covers only the building in which you live.
When you purchase that new laptop or violin or gaming console, create three prices in your mind:
(1) The price the store assigns to the product
(2) How much you have in your budget for renter’s insurance
(3) How much the product would cost to replace if and when it were damaged or stolen
There are many factors to consider when moving to your first big-city apartment. By taking the time to do a little research in advance, you can ensure that this next chapter in your life is safe, stress-free and rewarding.
About the author: Lindsey Harper Mac is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area. She specializes in writing guest posts on social media and education. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree.
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