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Posted by Chad Goldstein on 5/20/2019

When moving with children, or with family planning in mind, house hunting goes beyond finding the right house. You want to also find the right neighborhood and community to raise your child in. You want to find the right place for your child to happily and safely grow up.

Here's your guide to choosing the best neighborhood for your kids.

When you start house hunting draw up a list of towns and neighborhoods that catch your eye.

Having a list of priorities will help to make the house hunting process in each neighborhood much easier. Decide on your top 3 neighborhoods and towns in addition to your non-negotiable house features.

Many couples start to be researching the townís schools. Look into the budget, what extracurricular activities are available, and if there are any recent news articles profiling the school.

Donít just look into the kindergartens and elementary schools - look at the middle and high school as well. What are their reputations?

Visit the community center and library to find out what groups and activities are available. This is a great place to find out how involved the community is. Pick up any local newspapers or magazines and spend time flipping through the pages.  

Search Meetup.com and local Facebook groups to see what kind of involvement community members have. This is also a great way to connect with other parents and ask them any questions you might have.

Take a drive through your potential neighborhoods at different times of the day. This will help you to see what each neighborhood has to offer. Are there lots of younger children at pickup and drop off times at bus stops? Or are there older children riding their bikes around?

Are there playgrounds and parks within walking distance? If your child is in extracurricular activities, or you plan for them to be, are there dance or martial arts academies with good reviews in the area?

Itís also important not to discount the importance of proximity to family and friends. Weíve all heard the saying it takes a village to raise a child. Keep distance and travel time from family in mind when making your choice.

Take the future cost of raising a child into consideration while drawing up your budget. Finding the right neighborhood and community is a process of checks and balances. You might have to be willing to compromise in some areas to check off those non-negotiables. This could look like finding a slightly smaller house in a nicer neighborhood or living further away from the city.

Knowing what your priorities are before you begin house hunting and what to look for in each neighborhood will make the process much smoother. It can be a lot of pressure to find the perfect home but when we define our own version of perfect things can fall together much more easily.




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Posted by Chad Goldstein on 12/4/2017

The daily commute can be a daily grind. What if you could commute and get a workout in at the same time? You can if you take on the task of commuting by bicycle. Whether youíre established in your current neighborhood or searching for a new home, you should always consider your location in relationship to your work in addition to your preferred mode of transportation. Especially in regions where the weather is nice the whole year through, youíll want to check on your options for commuting by bike. Below, youíll find some tips that can make commuting to work by bicycle from your home a bit easier. 


Plan Ahead


Depending on weather conditions, youíll need to plan ahead. If you have a longer commute, youíll most likely need to bring a change of clothes to work. You donít want to spend an entire day at the office in sweaty, smelly clothes. If you need to dress professionally, you should plan to bring clothing that wonít wrinkle easily. Also keep some items to help you freshen up in your work bag including deodorant and wipes. As temperatures get warmer throughout the year, this will become ever important. If the weather looks like it might rain, you might want to bring additional gear or just skip the commute by bike altogether on those days. You can even store some spare clothing or toiletries in your desk in case you forget to pack something one day.  


Have A Space To Keep Your Bike


Both at home and at work, youíll need to find a spot to keep your bike. Itís important to find a place where the bike will be secure and is able to be locked down. Depending upon the type of area you work in, youíd hate to ride to work on your bike only to find out that when youíre ready to return home your bike has been stolen. Your bicycle should also have a convenient location where you can store it around your home as well. 


Keep In Mind That You Still Could Encounter Problems


Even though youíre riding a bike and not driving a car, you can still encounter problems on your ride to and from work. Hit one bump the wrong way and youíll end up with a flat tire. This means that youíll need to have a kit ready in case of any kind of issues that you encounter during your commute. Keep this commuter kit with your work things so that you donít need to worry about where the spare tubes and bicycle pump are. 


When you choose a commuter friendly neighborhood, youíll be surprised at how much fun and how easy commuting to and from work by bicycle can be. Just heed some convenience and safety tips and youíll be well on your way to a good workout to and from work.      





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