While you can't move in to a prospective home for a trial period, it's certainly possible to "try out" a neighborhood or a new city, especially if it's different than what you're used to. "If you're thinking about changing environments from suburban or rural to urban, or the other way around, I'd suggest giving it a test drive first, to see if you really like it. Book an extended hotel or Airbnb stay, and try it out," says Miguel A. Suro, a Florida attorney and lifestyle blogger with The Rich Miser. Realtor Ted Karagannis says even day trips can help you confirm you're on the right track. "It's always best to spend time in the neighborhood — the restaurants, movie theater, coffee shop, supermarket — to see if this is the right location for you. Every neighborhood offers a completely different vibe."
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