Moving is always challenging. One of the biggest headaches about moving is when you are actually leaving the state that you’re in now and moving somewhere new. Even if you are familiar with the state or you have lived there before that still doesn’t fully prepare you for how to house hunt when you are moving to a different state. Here are some tips and things to look for when you are considering how to house hunt when you are moving to a different state.

Neighborhood Preview: One of the first things you’re going to need to do is scour the neighborhoods broadly which fall in your new home parameters. Lucky for you there are so many hyper local resources which talk about the pluses and minuses of each distinct neighborhood. That is good and bad because you may find too much information  or what you’re finding may conflict. Stay with local resources like newspapers, radio and TV stations and make sure you have a clear picture of the place you’re going before you go there.

Schools: If you have kids, you want to know about the schools in the area and how they are ranked. Even if you don’t have kids one thing about how to house hunt when you are moving to a different state is you want to know if there are derelict kids about town or if you have got studious young people mowing your lawn and selling you Girl Scout cookies.

Local Taxes: It’s no secret that many of the nation’s best neighborhoods have some of the highest local taxes. Ideally you wouldn’t want to pay these but if it’s unavoidable you should at least be bracing yourself for them.

Commute: When you’re thinking of how to house hunt when you are moving to a different state, you may only be thinking about the home. That’s natural but you also should be thinking about your commute. Whether it’s your commute to your job or if you’re heading back to school or just your commute around town, these are things you should be thinking about. If you’re buying a home in the Northern Vermont outback and you need to travel 30 miles to the nearest grocery store, that could be a problem from October to April each year. These are things you need to think about, no matter how perfect the home is.

Find Your Home: Once you have weighted all these different metrics and any others which are important to you, such as the cultural scene, access to public transit, proximity to wildlife, etc., then you need to find your home! You need to look for a home that is in your budget and a home that you will enjoy staying in for some time to come.

Knowing exactly how to house hunt when you are moving to a different state can be tough. But if you stick to your guns and remember these qualifiers you should be able to find a great house, sight unseen even!