As I come to the end of my MBA career figuring and getting ready to potentially move out of Utah the time is coming to find somewhere suitable to live. This post will outline a few tools and communities that have proved useful for research:
Finding a Neighbourhood
So you know where you’ll be working but you don’t know where to live yet? There are often several choices but how do you narrow them down? I have found the city-data.com forums valuable for getting people’s opinions about areas where they live.
Getting people’s opinions is useful but there are a couple of other tools that I’d recommend to narrow down where you want to live. SpotCrime provides an easy way of viewing recent incidents reported to the police in a given area. Knowing that there are clusters of crimes on certain streets can help you to know that you should be avoiding particular areas. Another useful website is greatschools.org. This site lets you know which schools serve the areas you are looking into and how well they rate compared to each other.
Finding a Rental
So now you’ve found a neighborhood you like it’s time to find a place to live. I’m not planning on buying a house so I’ve been looking for somewhere to rent. Everyone already knows about craigslist but one tool I’ve found really useful is padmapper. As a visual thinker being able to view a map of the neighborhood with all the available rentals visible is really useful.
Organizing the Move
After figuring out where you are going it’s time to figure out how you’re going to get there. I’ve not found any good resources that help you to select moving companies to assist with the move. Are there any you would recommend?