Buying a home is not just about what the house you’re purchasing has to offer but also about what it’s surroundings have to offer. If you’re in the market for a home then you definitely want to read this article before you start or continue your search.
Here are some factors you will want to consider when you’re looking for the right neighborhood:
Good School District
If you have kids and care about the quality of their education, consider a neighborhood with a reputable school district. Even if you don’t have kids, purchasing a home in a good school district offers value for your home, especially if you choose to sell it later.
No one wants to live in a dangerous neighborhood. So you need to consider what the crime stats are before you decide to buy a home in any area. To do this you can check with the local authorities, search online, or ask your potential neighbors.
Transport and Ease of Access
If you’re planning on driving to work frequently then you need to consider how far your new home will be from your office. What’s traffic like during peak periods and if you decide to use other methods, how accessible and reliable are public transport networks.
You also want to consider how your kids will travel to school- by bus or is the school in walking distance.
Is the neighborhood close to basic amenities, such as hospitals, stores, ATMs, Pharmacies, libraries and police departments. Beyond this though, you really need to get a handle on what your current lifestyle needs – and what it will in the next 5 to 10 years. The amenities that one person or family may need may be completely different from another.
Entertainment and Activities
Does the neighborhood have a park where you can go for a picnic with your partner or where your kids can play and make friends? Are there cultural attractions such as museums, art galleries and concert halls.
Are there movie theaters and restaurants close by? Is there a mall or stores where you can go shopping? What about a library, gym or community swimming pool? If you want convenience or just enjoy being out then you’ll want a neighborhood that has these amenities in close proximity.
Are you looking for a neighborhood with a sense of community or do you prefer seclusion? In some neighborhoods, neighbors hardly know each other while in others, block parties and community events are a common thing. The type of neighborhood you choose will certainly dictate your lifestyle. So choose wisely.
Finding the right neighborhood for your personality, lifestyle and needs isn’t easy but before you fall in love with a home you’re going to want to make sure it’s in the right neighborhood especially if you plan on staying there for a while.