The best thing is to contact Goodyear PD and ask them about the crime rate so you get a general idea of Goodyear's crime rate compared to other cities. While no area is crime free there are many precautions you can take when you you live here full time or not. The simpliest is to make friends with your neighbors so they know when you're here or gone and can have contact with you. This is a limited option as it will not necessarily help with a break-in before the fact but can definitely help. For something more secure, I would suggest having an alarm system put in that is tied to a local company so they can call the police in an event of a break-in. This would give you peace of mind both when you're here and away.
I have many friends and clients who live here in Goodyear part time and this is what they're done which will help lessen your concerns.
As for the a/c - no matter how you look at it we will always pay more for the a/c in the summer months but you can do some things that may reduce your costs. When you aren't here in the summer months I would recommend you put the thermosat up higher but never turn it off. Just as in the winter areas of the US, it is never recommended to turn off the heat due to frost and breaking pipes, we don't recommend turning off the a/c in the summer but instead turning it up high. When you're here, you would have it at your comfort level. The best thing to do is when you are looking at a home that you want to buy, is to contact APS and thye will give you a cost estimate as well as what you can do to reduce your bill. They will also come out to your home and do an energy inspection for free.
And, by the way, you will be among many who travel back and forth from Goodyear to their home state! Goodyear is a great place to live and I'm sure you will enjoy it!
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All my best! Susan
Susan Lutz, GRI
Solutions Real estate
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