16. Calculate Commute Times
The time it takes to commute to work is a big part of where you decide to live. If it adds on a significant distance to drive, you will have to spend more on gas and tolls. But if you work in a city, you may save money by living in a suburb and taking the train. It is wise to do a test-run and time how long it will take you to get back and forth from work.
Don’t forget to visit during rush hour. No matter where you live, rush hour always sucks, but there is no denying that some towns are far worse than others. If it takes you 20 minutes to drive one mile, it will seriously cut into your commute time, and it may change your lifestyle in a negative way.