Thinking about moving? A lot of people do every day, but what a lot of people don’t consider is what happens when you move to a new zip code. Normally you would call it trivial, just another number to remember at the end of your address, right? Wrong actually. There are plenty of things to consider when you move simply to a new zip code, this post will discuss some of them.
So what should you do first? Well, you should really look at tax differences, as local income tax and property taxes can shift dramatically, even in just a zip code over. Weird right? You do not have to go far for a crazy tax increase or decrease. Which could either be a serious help or harm. So what should you do? Talk to your real estate agent of course! Even if they do not know off the top of their head, they’ll know exactly who to ask to find out.
Secondly, you should look at utility costs. Sewer, water, garbage disposal and even internet cost and quality can change dramatically from neighborhood to neighborhood! Talk to your potential neighbors, or call the utilities you wish to have provided to find out what the rates are.
Another thing to look at would be the activity level and noise level in the street your potential home is on. Obviously if you live on a major street that could be an issue, but even if you don’t it still to be considered. Just because it was quiet the day you visited does not mean it is consistently. Your potential street could be a short cut for biker gangs or the occasional big rig. Some neighborhoods even like to throw events for the area. These events can cause issues with traffic and noise levels. So what should you do? Well talk to your future neighbors of course! No one is going to know the street better than the people that live on it.
Lastly but still very important is that local governments, community bylaws, HOAs, even condo associates can have an incredible amount of power to impose useless or bizarre requirements for homeowners in the area. This can greatly affect your lifestyle and quality of living. Granted it can be for better or for worse, but it’s not commonly positive. So what should you do? Just make sure you know what you’re getting into. Meaning what may cost you a fee, what rules are forced, and if broken, what may cause a knock on your door. Do research! Asking your agent, reviews online, and always talking to potential neighbors will help a great deal in deciding if this move is actually worth it.
Have any questions about moving? Don’t hesitate to stop by or call National Realty Group! We’ll be able to help you move in and even out of your zip code!