With Trevor losing his job and both of us looking at new jobs, the prospect of moving comes along with that. What has been interesting during looking at places that we are getting feedback from is our process of ranking what we think of these locations.
First we look at the internet providers in the area. With my grad school being online and so much of life revolving around it, having crappy internet is not an option. We look at company reviews, the speeds they offer, pricing. We search for if they instill caps on households and what happens if you hit those caps. We would love to go somewhere that Google Fiber is available, but, that is incredibly narrow and maybe not so fair to a search.
Then, we go and we put a local zip code into WoTC’s find a store. Since neither of us enjoy playing online(which is contradictory to our first requirement), we need a store nearby. We enjoy the interaction with people, a place to go once a week that isn’t the grocery store. Having a card/gaming shop around ensures that we have someway to connect with people who have similar interests to us and can then branch out into things we are not so interested in.
I look at crime reports for various areas. There is a certain threshold of cost to crime I’m not willing to go back into. Maybe it is because I did it as a kid and I know how awful it is or it could be that I don’t want to ruin my husband’s level of innocence he has on these things. Either way, I won’t go for the cheapest place if it also means being in a bad area.
Then we look at the grocery stores. With all my allergies, having an ‘organic’ food market around tends to be a good thing. If there isn’t, I tend to have to dig deeper and see if there is at least a section that will sell dairy free goods, note if vitamins have fish in them, have antibiotic free meat, and so on. Smaller areas tend to not be as open to this idea while larger cities, or ones that are growing, do.
There are other things we look at as well. Parks we can go to, recreation, tax costs, and government structure. These things don’t necessarily get ranked though, as much as they are filed away in some part of my mind that remembers them for the long term.
But that is about it…If you know of any positions open, either in the writing or IT world, give me a yell so I can pass them on 😀