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How to Explore the Best Housing Options Before You Move to a New City

Moving, even when it’s for 13 or 26 weeks, can be challenging. It’s difficult to explore your housing options when you may live a plane ride away. However, while it is challenging, it is not impossible to accurately and logically choose a place to live with the information you already have at your fingertips. In this case, the challenge isn’t that you don’t have enough resources, but that you just aren’t sure of the options you have in order to choose your housing assignment.

Your recruiter and your new hospital are both good resources to help identify areas of the city that will work best for your specific needs. If you’re bringing a car and transportation time is not an obstacle, you may choose to live further away from the hospital than if you have to take public transportation to and from home. Once your recruiter and hospital have helped narrow areas of the city where you may want to look for housing, it’s time to check out crime rates and statistics for these neighborhoods.

Crime reports lets you see the crime statistics for different neighborhoods, and Areavibes offers a livability score that includes a ranking for the amenities, cost of living, crime, employment, housing, schools and weather for the area you are considering. Areavibes can search an entire city or narrow it down to specific neighborhoods depending on your search parameters.

Think about finding resources on Facebook for neighborhoods you’re considering. Nextdoor is another social media platform designed for those who work and live in a specific zip code. Once you’ve chosen an area of the city you’d like to look at, consider using Google Maps for a street-level view. You can get a good feel for the neighborhood and the businesses in the area without ever leaving your home.

Another resource is real estate agents. These professionals are well-versed in the different neighborhoods in the city and will be more than happy to talk with you about your options, especially if you’re considering relocating to the city once you have taken a travel assignment to test out the area. Realtors will also have a good feel for areas of the city that have more to offer artists, musicians or foodies. If you love taking a hike every morning, biking along a trail or want to be close to the art museum, these are also considerations as you search for housing.

City-data is another online site that collects and analyzes information from the government and private citizens in order to develop profiles for cities in the U.S. Just as on Areavibes, you’ll find information about crime rates, weather patterns and photos of the city taken by residents. The website also includes a current weather forecast, a comparison of males to females and the median age of the residents in a zip code. This information is for the entire city. However, on the map, you can click and get some of the same information drilled down to the neighborhoods. This offers you a unique look at specific blocks of the city you’re considering.

Find Your Next Career Fit!

Moving can be challenging, but it is also an adventure! As a travel professional, you have the unique opportunity to travel for finite periods of time, giving you the chance to live in new neighborhoods, new cities and explore new activities. Our professional recruiters are waiting to help you enjoy this new chapter in your life. Contact us today at Amare Medical Staffing and let’s get started on your new adventure.