5 Factors Often Overlooked When Considering Moving to a New Area

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PUR. The opinions and text are all mine.

Moving to a new city can be exciting, but it can also be stressful, nerve-wracking, and a bit of a headache. There are so many things to consider when choosing a new area to live and while dreaming about nicer weather or decorating your new home might be fun, there are many other things to consider when choosing your next home city. Check out the list below to see if you’ve thought about these commonly overlooked aspects of moving to a new city!

Moving to a new city can be exciting, but it can also be stressful, nerve-wracking, and a bit of a headache. There are so many things to consider when choosing a new area to live and while dreaming about nicer weather or decorating your new home might be fun, there are many other things to consider when choosing your next home city. Check out the list below to see if you’ve thought about these commonly overlooked aspects of moving to a new city!

1 | A city’s culture

Often when moving to a new city we get excited because of the weather, the house, the amenities, or the picturesque location. We often forget that even if we’re moving to the next city over, each city has its own culture and vibe. If you’re a young family, do some research to make sure the neighborhood you’re moving to isn’t an unofficial retirement community.  You won’t typically find information like this on real estate websites but online forums can be very eye-opening and honest when trying to find out what a city is really like!

2 | Schools

Even if your children are still very young at this point (maybe even nonexistent), if you plan on living in this city for a while, the quality of schools it has to offer ought to be on your radar. Even if having your children attend school is in your distant future, you’ll want to talk with your spouse about the type of education you’d like your children to have and then do the same type of research mentioned above. Better yet, if you already know a family in the area, ask their advice or what they’ve heard about the local schools!

3 | Taxes

It’s not the most fun thing you’ll have to think about when considering your move, but it can make a difference. Some states off no individual income tax while others offer no retail sales tax. According to Taxfoundation.org, Wyoming, South Dakota, Alaska, Florida, Nevada, Montana, New Hampshire, Utah, Indiana, Oregon have the best-rated tax systems while Vermont, California, New York, and New Jersey (my home state) have the worst rated tax systems. Do your research, it could cost you or save you a sizeable amount each year!

4 | Proximity to an airport

Chances are, if you’re moving to a new town, you’re leaving some of your old life behind. If that’s the case, you may want to go back to visit at one point or another (or have family or friends come to visit you) and you’ll want that to be as easy as it can be. Finding flights out of smaller airports can be tough, not to mention the fact that they can cost a lot more! Although you may have no choice in the matter, finding a new city that’s within a reasonable distance to a major(ish) airport can save a lot of hassle later on (depending on how often you think you’ll be traveling or hosting out of town guests).

5 | Water quality

Did you know that the national EPA maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG) for lead is zero? But the current allowed maximum contaminant level (MCL) is 15 ppb because when the EPA standard was developed in 1991, 15 ppb was the lowest reading that could consistently be achieved through anti-corrosion technology.

Using the KnowYourWater.com tool created by PUR®, I found out that our water here actually has a little bit more lead in it than our water at our old home. (KnowYourWater.com is the first and only free online resource that gives hundreds of millions of Americans access to the largest collection of US water quality data ever assembled! It pulls information from more than 98% of all public water systems, including those leading to homes, schools, businesses, hospitals, and more, allowing users to easily learn what’s in their water by simply typing in their address and zip code). Of course, both homes are well under the maximum of 15 ppb but it still makes you think twice before drinking from the tap!

Our home in Washington:

Our home in Virginia:

I was actually surprised by our results!

Wherever you choose to live, using a PUR Advanced Faucet Filtration System, can give you peace of mind whether you’re drinking, cooking, or simply washing with tap water. PUR is certified to reduce over 70 contaminants, including 99% of lead, 96% of mercury and 92% of certain pesticides. It’s also certified to reduce chlorine (taste and odor), microbial cysts, as well as industrial pollutants and is the only faucet filter certified to reduce certain pharmaceutical compounds. Beside this, PUR faucet filtration systems offer a refined horizontal space-saving design that withstands tough kitchen use and comes in a variety of finishes to accommodate any type of kitchen decor.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PUR. The opinions and text are all mine.

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    Water is one of those things I never thought to look at, if relocating. Our water here, happens to be top in our state. We got lucky!

    Angela Tolsma

    I actually didn’t consider any of these when we moved to our new city. We had no choice on what city we moved to, but there are a few things I wish we had considered when we moved here, like PROXIMITY to a bar. Water though is a huge one for me when we move again, as is the airport!

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    shandy kaye

    great factors indeed! Moving to a new city involves a lot of thinking and a lot of planning.

    Shoshana Sue

    Availability of schools in an area is an absolute first for me as my kids are still in school. I have never considered taxes before, but maybe that is because I move locally where tax is flat rate

    Diana V

    Schools is the most important for and my family, since we have kids and education is first

    Jeanine

    Schools was why we moved to a whole new town. Although we’ve had some issues it’s nothing like where we used to be. Water is also something I never did consider.

    Heather

    My father-in-law is a city water engineer so water quality is very important to our family. It’s so important that we have safe water and sometimes that’s not coming straight from the tap. PUR is a great way to ensure you have safe water for your family!

    Britt

    My husband and I have moved around a ton but it all changed when’s we had kids. There’s so much more to think about.

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