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Old 01-07-2018, 10:51 PM
 
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Hi!

Our family has been looking to relocate for the last few months. My husband's career allows us to be able to relocate to most of the whole US without many issues or problems finding new employment.

So, after having our _???_th problem with schools here in NC, I am done with our school system. We currently have three children that homeschool and one child that is in public school but no telling how long that will be.. See, we have 4 children on the Autism Spectrum. Our older three kids are all higher functioning but our youngest son is moderately on the spectrum..

We need a change and are preparing for the long haul and battle to come. We need information on most everything. We have friends located in Janesville and they are one reason we are looking to move to that area because we have heard how great the schools are but we need everything else...

*Is Janesville the best option or should we look at Milton or Beloit?

*Is there an area that we should avoid? Safety is a 1000% concern on mine.

*We currently are looking at needing a 4-5bd house. Any good tips on where to rent? We are trying to stay below $1500/month. We have a good rental history, shaky credit (rebuilding) and we do have a cat but he will have an ESA paperwork (He is a emotional support animal for our oldest daughter)..

*Is there any groups for special needs kids/parents/families around the area? Anything for teenagers to get together?

*Band programs for middle school? Is that a thing up there? I can't find much information. Our. youngest daughter plays the clarinet and wants to rejoin school and pick up band.

*Speaking of schools, anyones to avoid? How is the EC department in your eyes?

*Wal-Mart grocery pick up, is that a thing yet in the area? If not, is there a grocery store that does online order pick up (where you just pull up and they bring out the groceries)?

*Internet/Wifi options. Who all is in the area, as far as providers? We have Time Warner Cable here..

*Does AT&T work up there, as far as a cellphone provider? Is it a good provider or do we need to look to change providers?

*Banks/Credit Unions- we use a local state credit union here in NC. Is there a good bank (we do not like Wells Fargo and will not go to them). Is there anyone else better?

*Doctors/Specialist- We will be needing to set these up quickly, upon moving. I would love to know the best place to go, to do a one-stop area for doctors and specialist. Do we need to stay local in Janesville or go towards Milwaukee? We will be needing a pulmonary, GI, respiratory department, asthma and allergy, developmental/behavioral specialist, over top of a pediatrician, pediatric dentistry, and orthodontist.


Anything else that I am forgetting? I am planning on making a trip in March to check out the area. My husband has drove through the areas a lot, as his work allows him to. He loves the area and when I mentioned it, he jumped on the opportunity. Sadly, I have never been to WI before, so I want to make sure that I can live there. If you have any other opinions, please let me know!
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Old 01-07-2018, 11:45 PM
 
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Hi!

Our family has been looking to relocate for the last few months. My husband's career allows us to be able to relocate to most of the whole US without many issues or problems finding new employment.

So, after having our _???_th problem with schools here in NC, I am done with our school system. We currently have three children that homeschool and one child that is in public school but no telling how long that will be.. See, we have 4 children on the Autism Spectrum. Our older three kids are all higher functioning but our youngest son is moderately on the spectrum..

We need a change and are preparing for the long haul and battle to come. We need information on most everything. We have friends located in Janesville and they are one reason we are looking to move to that area because we have heard how great the schools are but we need everything else...

*Is Janesville the best option or should we look at Milton or Beloit?

*Is there an area that we should avoid? Safety is a 1000% concern on mine.

*We currently are looking at needing a 4-5bd house. Any good tips on where to rent? We are trying to stay below $1500/month. We have a good rental history, shaky credit (rebuilding) and we do have a cat but he will have an ESA paperwork (He is a emotional support animal for our oldest daughter)..

*Is there any groups for special needs kids/parents/families around the area? Anything for teenagers to get together?

*Band programs for middle school? Is that a thing up there? I can't find much information. Our. youngest daughter plays the clarinet and wants to rejoin school and pick up band.

*Speaking of schools, anyones to avoid? How is the EC department in your eyes?

*Wal-Mart grocery pick up, is that a thing yet in the area? If not, is there a grocery store that does online order pick up (where you just pull up and they bring out the groceries)?

*Internet/Wifi options. Who all is in the area, as far as providers? We have Time Warner Cable here..

*Does AT&T work up there, as far as a cellphone provider? Is it a good provider or do we need to look to change providers?

*Banks/Credit Unions- we use a local state credit union here in NC. Is there a good bank (we do not like Wells Fargo and will not go to them). Is there anyone else better?

*Doctors/Specialist- We will be needing to set these up quickly, upon moving. I would love to know the best place to go, to do a one-stop area for doctors and specialist. Do we need to stay local in Janesville or go towards Milwaukee? We will be needing a pulmonary, GI, respiratory department, asthma and allergy, developmental/behavioral specialist, over top of a pediatrician, pediatric dentistry, and orthodontist.


Anything else that I am forgetting? I am planning on making a trip in March to check out the area. My husband has drove through the areas a lot, as his work allows him to. He loves the area and when I mentioned it, he jumped on the opportunity. Sadly, I have never been to WI before, so I want to make sure that I can live there. If you have any other opinions, please let me know!
A home that large will generally be more expensive than that to rent in WI.

I would consider areas closer to Madison and Milwaukee to be able to provide better special ed services and more doctor options. You have a lot on your plate.
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Old 01-08-2018, 08:59 AM
 
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Thanks!

Yes I do but it definitely doesn’t allow for much down time. Plus, I am a huge planner.

We will be considering that area too but I can’t go “to city.” My husband is an over the road truck driver and most cities don’t like big trucks around the area.

We are looking at purchasing a house quickly after moving. I have seen a few 4 bedroom houses for rent around our median price range. I am not finding 5 bedrooms though (and I usually count the basements as one because we don’t have a lot of those up here in NC)..

Also, we just can’t stay in NC any longer. I am so done with the school systems. There are so many cracks and so much “it isn’t our problem or we can’t let him have a break or down time to regroup, etc” and I can’t continue to homeschool indefinitely. Our plan was to have them in traditional school by high school and our oldest is high school age next year..

Plus, we are done with +100 degree days and about to die of heat stroke in the summer. Oh and the pollen.. My oldest has severe allergies and asthma to pollen, trees and grasses. We are hoping a change will help that also..
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Old 01-08-2018, 09:32 AM
 
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Hi OP, as you have many needs to look for, I would highly recommend to rent first once you find a spot. Moving to a new area can be tough enough, let alone adding in trying to snag a home to purchase in what can be a very competitive market.
By renting you can get settled and spend the next year seeing how you like the schools/work/medical offerings. Then determine what neighborhood or community is right.

On a side note, if your husband brings his rig home with him, it is possible that you're going to need a more rural setting regardless if looking at Madison/Janesville/Milwaukee. A subdivision in Janesville may have same views on trucks that any other market has. Just something to keep in mind if that helps broaden the scope of the search.

As for pollen, allergies can be just as bad here as in the Carolinas. I lived in SC for 6 years, and we got used to the yellow dust that seemed to cover everything. Back up here, we still deal with allergies, as does our dog. So depending on what your family may or may not be allergic to, note that just by having cold winters wont mean you are free and clear.
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Old 01-08-2018, 01:12 PM
 
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I would find a school district you like better in NC or any other area, rather than move to WI. Before moving here, I lived 12 years in Raleigh - and you aren't going to find things better in WI - certainly not in Beloit or Janesville!

The schools are even less funded here and if you have special needs - well, you aren't going to get any more support here - probably less in many cases depending on what district you are in now.

Housing costs and taxes are much higher. Also, we have 100 degree days in the summer, and plenty of pollen - on top of winters with feet of snow and often weeks of below 0 cold.

EDITED: I see that you are planning a visit - that's good.
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Old 01-08-2018, 10:03 PM
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Comparing Wisconsin's 100 degree days to anything in the southeast is a bit of a stretch, and I'm being generous here. Milwaukee went 17 years without seeing 100. On average, Madison will reach 100 once a decade. 6 days a year will see temps in the 90's. If you think that's comparable to most places in the south, you've never been south.
With the exception of maybe three or four towns, literally, Wisconsin would also be a preferable place to raise kids. School funding doesn't begin to tell the story of what a place has to offer.
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Old 01-09-2018, 08:43 AM
 
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Comparing Wisconsin's 100 degree days to anything in the southeast is a bit of a stretch, and I'm being generous here. Milwaukee went 17 years without seeing 100. On average, Madison will reach 100 once a decade. 6 days a year will see temps in the 90's. If you think that's comparable to most places in the south, you've never been south.
With the exception of maybe three or four towns, literally, Wisconsin would also be a preferable place to raise kids. School funding doesn't begin to tell the story of what a place has to offer.
Give me NC any day of the week - hot weather not withstanding. You seem to be focused on heat - but in NC you can easily be outside and enjoying things most of the year (maybe a little less in the mountains, as it does get colder there). Here....we are stuck inside for the very most part for months during the winter gloom.

With all the OP has said...Wisconsin is not going to be better....and yes, school funding is part of this story - because the OP has children with special needs - and there are plenty of horror stories (and growing) of problems with Wisconsin schools (which are done on a very local level, not county wide districts as in NC).

No place is prefect, but lets be honest about what Wisconsin is and is not.
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Old 01-09-2018, 09:54 AM
 
Location: RI, MA, VT, WI, IL, CA, IN (that one sucked), KY
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Give me NC any day of the week - hot weather not withstanding. You seem to be focused on heat - but in NC you can easily be outside and enjoying things most of the year (maybe a little less in the mountains, as it does get colder there). Here....we are stuck inside for the very most part for months during the winter gloom.
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Why? I never felt stuck inside. Most people I know weren't.
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Old 01-09-2018, 12:49 PM
 
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Why? I never felt stuck inside. Most people I know weren't.
Are you telling me that with the recent week of -10 below weather we've had, that you were outside going for walks and working around the yard? Having coffee on the patio? It didn't keep you inside at all?

Today is the first nice day in Southern Wisconsin we've had in quite a while...and it's going to be raining by the end of the week.
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Old 01-09-2018, 12:58 PM
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No place is prefect, but lets be honest about what Wisconsin is and is not.
Agreed on that point.
If someone wants to get away from heat, however, Wisconsin's few days a year of hot weather probably won't disappoint. I see no reason to mention winter since every single thread pertaining to relocating to Wisconsin has at least a handful of posts warning of winter. I think the point has been taken.
The north-central U.S. in general is one of the more family-friendly and family-oriented parts of the country. A fantastic area for that.
Moving to Wisconsin might not address all the OP's issues, but I think there's a good chance they will like it.

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