Are you going to relocate to Barrington or the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.
- What kind of relocation are you?
- How do you find a new place to call home?
- Do you have some target areas?
- Where to start?
These questions are just some that relocating families ask us when moving to the area and although you each are very different in your needs and dreams, we are here to help. Back in 1996 we relocated to the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, we came from England so my knowledge of the area was absolutely zip, nadda, nothing! My husband had a little more knowledge because he had been here on business a few times and that was the reason for our relocation. Finding a new home was not so difficult but finding the right location was not so easy.
Chicagoland is a big place. As the crow flies from top to bottom of the Chicago Metro area is about 100 miles. From Chicago to the far west suburbs is about 65 miles. No matter what the reason is for your relocation, it’s location you must decide upon before anything else.
Just so you know, we work with many families that relocate to the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. Because Chicagoland is so big, we restrict our home buying area to the Northwest Suburbs, it’s the area we know best. The map below shows our coverage area and our primary location of Barrington in the center.
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Relocate to the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago for Work
This is one of the more common reasons, it was for us, and it will give you a starting point from which to work. When you have a job destination it stands to reason you will want to keep the commute to a comfortable time. For some this can be a short as 15 minutes, others are OK with commuting an hour or more to work and home every day.
The Northwest Suburbs have some employment hubs such as Schaumburg and Elgin along I-90 and Libertyville and Lincolnshire both just East of I-94. These two interstates also cross at O-Hare Airport and I-90 continues directly into the City of Chicago. Metra trains also have several commuter lines into Chicago.
If you will be working in Chicago itself, you’ll need to weigh the pros and cons of driving or training riding into work everyday. Many people from the Northwest Suburbs commute to Chicago daily. Consider how much time you will be commuting, the ease of your travel route and then pinpoint some locations that are in the comfort zone.
If you’ll be working in the suburbs your decision might be a little easier. That said, although we have a pretty comprehensive road map, some places seem to be all cross country. If you’ll be traveling a lot for work, take into account location of the airport you’ll be using. From the Northwest Suburbs most business travelers use O’Hare, Chicago’s primary airport.
Buy your self a map or visit an online map regularly to get a feel for where you’ll be working.
Moving Back To Be With Family
This category of relocating families coming home is the one that I have most of my relocation clients. Your advantage is you have knowledge of the area. Even if it’s been a while you’ll have memories of where you used to live. Maybe you’ll branch out from there and maybe you’ll select “home” as your target. The landscape may have changed and the Northwest Suburbs have grown out now to include the Far Northwest Suburbs. Either way most of you seem to have your location fixed before we even connect.
We understand that your memories were from a different viewpoint than they are today. Perhaps you now have your own children, so school district is important. Maybe you want to be close to family but not too close. There’s no doubt you’ll have a different set of location dreams to those moving solely for a work related relocation.
We’ll help you find the perfect location based on your specific needs and dreams.
Moving For Housing Reasons
In a recentthis category contributed to 48% of the reasons people move. Some consider this relocation, others do not. For me if you are moving from one suburbs to the next, you are relocating! The reason is that all of our suburbs are different. Whether it’s different housing you are looking for, better school districts, the ability to get land, or you want to leave urban and go suburban, you are making a substantial move. The only difference is the amount of miles you travel to do this is greatly reduced compared to interstate or country relocations.
If you have decided to relocate to the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, I am sure you already have a location or two in mind. A top reason for moving is to find a great school district and we have many urban to suburban relocations choose Barrington for this reason. The Barrington area is also chosen for the ability to gain acreage with a home. There are several well thought of school districts in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. You are advised to always do your own due diligence when it comes to schools. If you absolutely must have a certain school, make sure any house you consider buying is in that school’s boundaries. The best way to be sure is to call the administrative office.
Relocate to the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago – The Right Location
Now we have looked at the reasons most of you are relocating for, it’s time to explore the process of choosing the right location for you. Of course if you already have it fixed in your mind the job is half done, you can immediately move on to finding the dream home. For those of you that have not, it’s critical to understand that location selection is the first thing to do. There’s no point at looking at homes in several locations. Our Northwest suburbs are a different animal to the South Suburbs, as is the City compared to the suburbs.
Consider these points as you start learning:
- Where will you work
- How long are you comfortable with commuting to work
- How do you want to commute
- Do you want good schools
- Do you want land
- Do you want to keep horses
- Are you looking for a mini farm
- Do you prefer quiet villages or bustling cities
- What kind of real estate do you like
- Are you looking for new construction
- Are historic homes more your style
- Do you need single level living – ranch homes
- What is your budget
- What size home do you need
- Do you want a good investment
- Do you need to be close to family
- Do you have any special needs
- Will you be traveling by air a lot
- Will you have lots of visitors
- What are your leisure needs
The list of questions can almost be endless but the primary ones should help us zoom in some of the best locations for you in the Northwest Suburbs. For example of you want acreage, horses and high priced housing, Barrington Hills would be a target location. If you want an acre, a luxury house and a High School with some of the best ACT scores, Long Grove would be on the short list. If you like a bigger city with a downtown place for walking to cafes. restaurants and only an hours train commute to Chicago, Palatine and Arlington Heights would be target locations.
You can start a checklist to compare areas for further reference.
How Can You Learn About Locations?
City-Data has a huge volume of information on every town, city or village. Everything from weather to crime rates, population and demographics as well sex offenders. You can search online by just entering each name and you’ll easily find web sites for each area you are interested in. Last but certainly not least your Relocation Realtor will have lots of information, so please ask me!
In a big metro area like Chicago and Chicagoland, we do have a lot of corporate job relocations. If you are tied to a corporate relocation company then you’ll need to ask them all of your questions. We cannot get involved in a relocation where an existing relationship exits. if like many you are relocating but do not have any provided services or professionals, we hope you’ll connect with us to help if you plan to relocate to the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. We have heaps of personal experience and would love to help you.
I believe that my personal experiences of relocation both national and international provide a goldmine of information. It stands head and shoulders above anything learned from a book! Why? Because we learn better from experiences. Call me today: 847-363-3686