Living in the city can be extremely exciting, fast-paced and full of fun things to do. If you’re used to a more suburban or even rural lifestyle, however, an urban one may shock you. Living in the city can be wonderful, if you know what to expect, but for some, the idea of public transportation, packed streets and noisy nights can be more than they bargained for. If you’re considering moving to the city, here are a few things to keep in mind:

HOA – If you’ve never owned a condo, you’ll need to take into consideration the homeowner’s association. While some HOA fees will include maintenance, amenities and even your water and electric, others may not include any of these services. Not only are you paying a monthly fee to most HOAs, they also can have strict guidelines about the number of visitors you can have and even the kinds of pets you can own.

Pets – Pets are a huge thing to consider before moving into the city, since many people are extremely attached to their pets, and sometimes even consider them like children. Living in a city setting can be tough on a pet; especially dogs. Indoor cats probably shouldn’t have too many issues except for the smaller space, but dogs need to get out and run to stay healthy and happy. If you plan on moving to the city with your dog, make sure you know where the closest dog parks are, where you can take them on walks, and make sure you have the time to take them out at least twice a day to do their business.

Commuting – Commuting is one of the biggest differences between living in a big city and living in the suburbs. If you’re coming from a neighborhood with detached homes, similar to the homes for sale in Denver CO and backyards, you probably owned your own vehicle and could come and go as you pleased. In the city, you will most likely need to use public transportation for some, or even all of your traveling. Keep in mind that you should always carry your cell phone for safety reasons, have small amounts of cash on you if you need to use the transportation and checking schedules are always beneficial.

Dining – When you live in a large city, it can be extremely tempting to dine out for more meals; you have plenty of options and sometimes getting to the grocery store is a pain. While it may be fun to dine out for your meals, your credit card statement may be shocking, since dining out too often can easily add $20 or more a day to your living expenses.

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