Moving from one city to another takes time and effort. You’ve got to pack your belongings, hire movers, stop and start utilities – it seems like the list never ends.
But one of the most difficult things about moving to a new city is deciding where in that city to live. When you’re unfamiliar with neighborhoods and suburbs, any decision you make can feel like a game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
We’re here to help. At Storage West, we know that having the right resources before a move is essential. Here are 6 online resources that can help you decide where to live.
#1: Housing Price Index
Our first resource comes from The Economist. They have an online, interactive housing price index that allows users to compare housing prices in major cities across the United States and around the world.
This index is most useful if you’re deciding between two major cities. It’s not as helpful if you want to compare prices among neighborhoods in a city.
Numbeo is a terrific resource for people who are moving. You can use it to compare:
- Cost of living
- Property prices
- Quality of life
In many ways, it’s a one-stop shop for movers. The one thing that it doesn’t do is compare prices among neighborhoods and suburbs. Its database includes most major American cities.
Niche is a website dedicated to ranking and comparing schools across the United States. What we like about it is that it lists:
- Best public schools in the US
- Best private schools in the US
- Best schools by state
- Best schools by city
It also has information about the best teachers, the best college prep schools, and student life. These things combine to make the best site we’ve found if you need to compare schools for your kids.
#4: Sperling’s Best Places
Sperling’s Best Places is another great site for comparing cities and finding vital information, including:
- Cost of living
- Crime rates
You can compare any two cities from their database. They also offer some fun lists, like the best cities for foodies or the best cities to retire in.
When you’re moving to a new city or across state lines, there are tons of logistical tasks that fall into your lap. It can be hard to sort them all out and keep track of everything you need to do.
USA.gov has a website that provides:
- Information on moving between states
- Advice on hiring movers
- Instructions for switching your address with the postal service (and having your mail held)
- Contact information for essential government agencies
- Tips for stopping and starting utility services
It’s a time-saving resource because it offers a lot of vital information and links in one place.
#6: Secretary of State Websites
If you’re moving to a new state, you need specific information about registering your car, getting a new driver’s license, taxes, and more. In most cases, the best resource is the Secretary of State website.
You can find a list of all 50 Secretary of State websites with links here. Many states have special moving guides that you can view online, print, or download.
Moving can be stressful, but the six resources we’ve listed here can help you find the information and help you need to remove as much of the stress as possible.
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