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What New Mothers Should Look for When Moving to the Suburbs

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You’ve enjoyed years of metropolitan living in the bustling city of your choice, be it Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, or perhaps another incredibly active and exciting hub elsewhere. Yet when life throws changes your way, it’s time to consider swapping city life for a quieter, calmer hometown – and when children enter the picture, the suburbs start to sound like an excellent option. After all, who wants to raise a family in a small, expensive apartment without a yard? If you’re considering moving to the suburbs as you prepare to welcome your new bundle of joy, there’s a lot to consider. Here are a few different things to keep in mind as you begin to make your move.

Pick the Right Neighborhood

Kids certainly change everything, and introduce a whole host of new questions and requirements into your life. You know what it’s like to live in the center of a lively city, but what is it really like in the many suburban neighborhoods on the outskirts? Before you settle on a home, make sure you check out the actual suburb itself. With a new baby on the way, you’ll want to make sure it offers everything you’ll need as your child grows. Is it home to a renowned school district? Are there a lot of great childcare options? Do clean and pleasant parks exist? Is there enough activity in town to keep you and your kids busy?

Check Out the School District

As mentioned above, the school district is a very important aspect of picking the right suburb. Move to the wrong neighborhood, and your child may end up in an unsafe or poorly funded school – and you may need to send them to private school. Before settling down, get some information about all of the schools in the area. How are the public schools, from elementary to high school? Are there options for private schools, both religious and otherwise? Do any charter schools exist? Or, are there nearby options for your child to take advantage of should they struggle in a certain school? Make sure your child’s education will be what you need.

Find Out About Childcare

Once you have finished breast feeding and your baby is now old enough to head off to kindergarten, and even once they do, you’re going to need childcare. Whether you choose to rely on a nanny, a daycare, a preschool, or a once-in-awhile babysitter, your new suburban neighborhood needs to provide for your needs. Check with other moms in the area, or local preschools, to find out where you can find the best childcare around – or if there’s perhaps a lack of it in the area. Additionally, this will give you the chance to find out what’s most common in a particular suburb. Do most of the children have nannies, or is it more of a stay-at-home mom scene? If you feel you and your child won’t fit in, it may not be the best choice.

Buy A House? Make Sure You Consider These Things

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There are many things to think about when buying a house such as price and the condition of the home. Because of these things it can be quite easy to forget about a lot of other very important things. So before deciding on a area to purchase your next (or first) property in, have a think about the below.

How Is The Area Doning? Booming Or Reclining

In our experience here at Property Village, we often look at newspaper articles which often have articles such as the “Top 15 Hotest Cities For 2015”. We look at these claims and make up our own minds if we believe them to be true. Then we would look at the one suburb further out from the city to one of these ‘booming’ suburbs and purchase property there. This often means that the prices are still cheap there and are likely to boom next. Obviously this is not a guarantee, but in our experience, we have seen it over and over again.

Demographics Of The Area

One important factor to help you decide on an area to buy a house is the demographics of that area. This can often help you determine how an area is doing and how healthy the population there is. So if there are a lot of people in an area which are unhealthy, obese, uneducated, these areas generally have more crime and may not be as safe for you and your family. However, if you are ok with these things, they also generally mean the housing prices will be lower but they may actually drop if the area gets any worse.

Are Good Schools Near By

Often young families want to buy a home as they plan on having kids and want to have a family in this place. So these young families buy a house in a nice area but they didn’t think to look into how the schools were there or even if there were any schools in the area. This can be a major issue as some schools are far better than other schools and in some areas, families may have to travel up to 30 minutes each way to drop their kids off to school. So always have a look at which school are around and how far away they are.

Parks / Playgrounds

As your kids grow up, it is really handy to have parks and or playgrounds nearby. This will help them go outside and get some exercise. They will also be less bored at home and less likely to spend all their free time on computer games.

The Importance Of Living Near A Café Strip

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One of the many things that you should consider when buying a property in the suburb is its accessibility to the café strip. While this amenity used to be the least in terms of importance, there has been a shift as people’s lives get busier and they seem to see cafés as a place where people could unwind and relax and just engage in a conversation with friends and family.

With the rising prices, most families are now moving to a smaller home and these people would prefer to purchase properties that are closer to cafes and any other social hubs. People are more gravitated to inner city living where there is less time spent commuting to and from work, where there is a huge open space for parks and outdoor amenities and where there are nearby cafés to go to.

The growing popularity of coffee has also brought about the shift in priority. Many people would line up each morning at their favorite cafe and being addressed by their first name by the local barista. This has become a routine for some. The use of the name also adds that personal touch so you feel you are part of that coffee community and everyone like that.

This fact remains that this has become a lifestyle. A café strip is now more than just a place to get your caffeine fix. It is a place for almost anything. You can head there and talk business with one of your associates or clients. It can be a place where you can meet with your friends and catch up with each other’s lives. Have a little “me” time with your book while sipping your favorite coffee blend or be there with your significant other. And with so many cafes now serving tasty and healthy treats including protein bars and other healthy snacks, they are a healthy place to go. Café strips become a venue in for people to recharge, hang out and strengthen relationships with important people in their lives.

Tips For Selling Your Property

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There are quite a few things you can do to make your property seem more attractive and to get a better selling price. And I am not talking about renovating the kitchen and bathrooms, I am talking about simple things that can be done on a tight budget. However, if you have the spare cash, it may be worth renovating those things. Look into similar properties available in your area and compare prices between renovated and unrenovated properties and come up with a realistic sales price. Or you can ask your real estate agent for advice. Be careful not to over capitalize.

So what are some of the things you can do to increase the value of your property for cheap?

Remove Clutter

Have you ever been to an Open House and there was stuff everywhere?! Well clutter really makes a house look smaller and therefore worth less. It also make it look less desirable. So before selling your property, make sure you remove as many things from the house if they don’t directly help the appearance of the house. Put them in the shed, rent a storage locker or ask a friend/family to hold on to them for a couple of weeks.

Neutral

A neutral house is also generally appealing. Try to stay away from crazy colors and even with kids bedrooms, try and keep them neutral. Just because you have 1 boy and 1 girl doesn’t mean the new owners will and they may have to paint over the pink room. This should help as it may be one less thing to think about after the birth of your children such as lifestyle, dealing with your stretch marks, parenting blues, and perhaps losing some friends as you have no time for them. If you do have some crazy colors, try buying some more neutral paint and try out painting for yourself. Depending on how much you have to paint, you may spend around $400 and greatly improve the look of the house. And potential owners will feel like there is less work for them to do.

Clean!

Sounds obvious, but there have been so many Open Houses that I have been to in which the house was filthy. Make sure you give the house a good clean, including the kitchen, bathroom, garage, and even outside. Rake up fallen leaves etc. This leads us into our next point – Gardening.

Gardening

A garden can really make a house look more expensive even when the inside is looking a little old. Make sure your lawn is cut freshly, or if your lawn is dead, make sure to plant some more at least 3 months before selling. Also, mulch your gardens and plant some new plants and flowers. These generally don’t cost much (unless you are buying larger trees) and greatly improve the appearance of your yard. Some very cheap things you can do to greatly improve the look of your yard.

Top Family Friendly Neighborhoods In Los Angeles

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If you’re thinking of starting a family, one of the first things you are probably thinking about is to find a nice home in a family friendly neighborhood. A neighborhood which is close to playgrounds, school, and somewhere where your kids will be safer. You probably want to have a nice family home in a nice area like you did when you were growing up (hopefully). Somewhere where you can play in the street without the efar of getting run over or abducted. So what are some of the most family friendly areas in Los Angeles?

Hollywood

After one of the major film studio closed up shop in Hollywood, they left behind many vacant properties from their staff. This gave the opportunity for small business owners such as restaurants and shops to move in including housing becoming available to families. These areas where once filled with crime and drugs but after years of cleanup by both local residents and police, the streets are far safer. Definitely worth checking out.

Pasadena

This is one of Los Angeles older suburbs. But it is also one that is attracting many new residents including young families. The local shops and restaurants are great and for new parents, you can now change diapers comfortably. There is a real mix of new and old residents here and a great sense of community.

Cerritos

First established in the 1950’s, this was once a town with far more cows than people. But this is no longer the case. The cows have been pushed out further and nice homes have been built in their place. There is a large middle class here and the streets have many cul-du-sacs which we all know are very family friendly. The schools in this area are also great.

Whittier

Whittier is an older town which is more than a century old. It is another middle class area which has attracted many young families or those planning to start a family. A great community feel with farmers markets and family fairs which seem to run a couple of times a week.

Claremont

Claremont has a great and clean downtown with many great cafes, restaurants, and shops to keep everyone happy. This area is full of young families and they are generally middle to upper middle class. A real nice community town not too far from downtown LA.

Is Where You Live And Your Health Related?

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Did you know that the area you live in could actually be affecting your health in a negative way? Shocking right? So what kinds of things are we talking about? How could the street or area we live in actually be affecting our health?

The Street You Live On

Living on a busy street can cause some health issues. Even living near a busy street or highway. Pollution from cars and truck and cause hearth or kidney issues. And the noise can also be a stressor and can raise blood pressure. So pick the street you want to buy a house on wisely. Something that doesn’t have a lot of through traffic and ideally a cul de sac.

Surgery Is The Norm?

Wyoming in the United States has almost twice as many back surgeries then other states based on the population to surgical procedures. Most back pain goes away after some time, whether it is a week or a year. Most goes away, but in Wyoming, your doctor is more likely to say you need back surgery then other states. And it may seem normal as many people you know have also had back surgery. This is why it is always good to get a second opinion, especially when it comes to surgery. If you have too, go to a different state for a second opinion. Your health is worth more than a plane or bus ticket.

These Streets Aren’t Made For Walking

Come communities don’t have sidewalks, bike lanes, or even much access to public transport. These areas are basically encouraging us to use our cars and not get in any exercise. Because of the lack of exercise, these area are riddled with obesity issues. No health stores or gyms are also rarely found in these area.

The Food In Your Area

Have you ever noticed when you go into a grocery store in another area to yours, whether it is a better or worse area, that the food is quite a lot different? Not always the case, but often there is far more healthy options in the richer areas and more choices for junk food in the poorer areas.