How to Determine Whether a Community is Right For You
Integrating into a healthy community that aligns with your lifestyle is a key aspect of moving. No matter how far from home you decide to relocate, it’s essential that you select an area with a community that adds value to your life. How can you determine what that community looks like, though? And is it really worth passing up otherwise-excellent opportunities to pursue the ideal community?
The answer is a resounding yes. The community you live in will determine how you live your day-to-day life. If you struggle in solitude and love putting together neighborhood block parties, your mental wellbeing is going to take a hit should you move to the middle of nowhere; likewise, if you’re shy and reserved, you may not want to move into the center of a bustling neighborhood that promotes local activities.
Regardless of what sort of community you’re on the hunt for, we’ve rounded up a handful of tips to help you determine whether or not an area’s community is right for you. Everything from technical details to deep-dives into emotion should play into this decision– after all, it’s one that will impact the rest of your life.
Take advantage of local resources
If you have friends who live in the area you’re looking to move to, this is a great opportunity to connect; and, if not, be on the lookout for local walking tours or opportunities for short-term rental stays. All of these steps offer you a chance to “try out” life in a neighborhood you’re unfamiliar with. Getting a feel for the day-to-day vibe of a community is an excellent way to keep your thumb on the pulse of the area.
Speaking to friends and family who live nearby will also give you deeper insight into the more granular aspects of life in the area. Pick around for feedback on the quality of life, commute times, cultural outlets, and other aspects of the community that could impact your choice.
Take a staycation
If the idea of snagging a hotel room appeals to you, consider turning your quick trip into a full-blown staycation. You’ll be able to practice living in the community– everything from eating and commuting to shopping and exercising can look vastly different from one area to the next.
Consider your current lifestyle and how it translates to the new area. Are there enough fun things to do? Can you navigate it well? Focus on what’s important to you and seek out opportunities to test the local waters; if you like clubbing, head to a nightclub.
Take note of HOA perks
If it’s likely you’ll wind up in an HOA after your move, you’ll be well-served by conducting some research on the matter ahead of time. Selecting a community with a homeowners association will grant you access to amenities that contribute to a greater sense of community. Check out details about access to community recreational opportunities like clubhouses, pools, or golf courses.
Start envisioning your new life
At some point, you’ll need to turn your reflections inward to determine whether a community is the best fit for you. Ask yourself how you’d feel about living in the area– do the amenities meet your needs? Does the community create the feelings and emotions in you that you want it to? How will you achieve a work/life balance? What recreational outlets are available? All of these questions are crucial to making a well-informed decision.
Looking to learn more about your options for your next move? Contact Robuck Homes today to speak to a team member about move-in ready communities and newly custom-built homes. No matter your preferences or lifestyle, we’re well-poised to point you in a direction that’ll improve your life and strengthen your sense of community– regardless of what that means to you.