Buying in the Suburbs: How Far Should You Commute?
Making the move to another community can require a longer drive to work. Are you up for it? Commuting can be the worst part of any job, so it is something to consider when you are searching for a new home in the suburbs of New England.
The national average, one-way daily commute is 25.5 minutes. Opinions vary about how long a comfortable commute to work is, so it is important to consider your personal tolerance for driving, public transportation options, and how long the trip will take during peak traffic hours.
Before you set your heart on a specific community, ask yourself:
Pros and Cons When Buying in the Suburbs
For example, say your job is in Manchester and you are looking to buy in the Seacoast Region of New Hampshire. A 35- minute commute without traffic is okay, but the trip might be longer during rush hour, snow storms, and any road construction projects.
Challenging considerations include:
If you have been searching for a home outside of more densely populated areas, you probably realize that many people live there and work in other areas of the state, or even throughout New England. Commuting is common, and the region is filled with people who feel it is worth it to commute – even if it means an hour on the train every morning or sitting in a little traffic.
Positive considerations include:
Only you can decide if a certain commute to work is too long for you to put up with – or totally worth it if you are living in that special neighborhood you dream about. Just remember to weigh in all the pros and cons of your decision before you buy.