Before you can find the right home in Pensacola in which to live, you have to find the right neighborhood. When contemplating where your new neighborhood should be, why not think big? Here are some tips to help you find a neighborhood.
Where to start
There are a lot of neighborhoods in Pensacola, so it can be hard to know where to start to find the right one for you. Begin by thinking big about the places that matter most in your life.
First, get out a map of the city to which you are moving. Identify the locations that are likely most important to you. These might include where you will work and where your family and friends live, for instance. These will give you some starting place to work from in locating a neighborhood.
Creating your list of neighborhoods
Once you have identified the locations that are important to your life, figure out if there are any areas that overlap these significant locales. If so, start looking at the neighborhoods in these overlapping areas. If not, see if you can determine whether it is more important to be closer to one than the other. Would you rather have a shorter drive to work, for instance, or are you willing to trade a longer commute to be closer to family or live in a “cooler” section of town? These decisions will help you create a list of potential neighborhoods.
Gather neighborhood information
To find the right neighborhood, you will need to do your homework. It’s time to gather your information about the neighborhoods on your list. Ask your friends and co-workers who live in these neighborhoods to tell you about them. What do they like about living there? Are there convenient attractions and amenities? Does the neighborhood feel like a safe place to live? Also, start an Internet search on the neighborhood and see what you find.
Plan a visit
Once you have narrowed your neighborhood list down to a few candidates, it is time to schedule visits to these neighborhoods. Take a friend with you so you have an objective eye to help you evaluate the neighborhoods carefully . Take notes on what you think about these neighborhoods. Also, bring along a digital camera to take some pictures so that the neighborhoods don’t start to run together in your mind. If possible, visit the neighborhoods twice: once during the day and once at night.
Pros and cons
When you have gathered your information, it is time to list the pros and cons of the neighborhoods that you are considering. Think big about your likes and dislikes about these neighborhoods. No reason should be discounted. If you like that a neighborhood is close to happening social scene, put that on the pros list. If a neighborhood just gives you a bad feeling, put it on the cons list. Once you have made a list for each neighborhood, use these lists to narrow down your pool of neighborhood candidates, keeping only the few that have lot going for them in the pro column.
Making a final decision
Now that you have all of your information, your pros and cons and your notes from visits, it is time to make the decision on which is the right neighborhood for you. If you have done your homework, you should get a good read of which neighborhood feels like home. If you are stuck between two neighborhoods, go back to your pros and cons list and see whether one has more pros than the other.
When it comes down to it, trust your instincts. You will likely know the right neighborhood for you when you see it!
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