There is more to moving into a new home than just the actual house, townhouse, co-op or apartment. You are moving into a new Neighborhood, and you may not be happy if you don’t like the community. The ideal thing to do is to visit the area at different times of the day to get a feel of what it’s like during odd times of the day. Plus, there are some tips below to help you check off your list some essential factors to consider.
Things to consider
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Sidewalks are an indicator that the neighborhood may be a busy one. With sidewalks, houses are connected for a friendly hello when you Walk down the street. Plus, if you have children, it’s safer because the cars aren’t in the same space pedestrians are in.
Check out the schools Nearby whether you have children or not. A school district which is rated highly by parents is a high selling point if you want to sell your home eventually. Plus, if you do have children, you want to see how close it is to you and how your children will commute.
Parks are strong selling points when within walking distance of your new home. Do your research prior and look for must-visit outdoor spaces close to the potential new home location. Parks are where you can take walks, enjoy nature and meet new friends. Too, if you do have children, parks are a wonderful place to take them to have fun and get outside in the fresh air.
Shopping is another item to check on your list. Do you want something close enough to walk to if you need milk? Or, how close is the nearest grocery store so you know how long it will take you to run errands? What about restaurants, if you enjoy eating out, are they close to your home or will you have to spend a lot of time driving?
Plus, another tip mentioned above, is to check out the neighborhood at different times. When you are checking out a place to live in the middle of the day, it might be quiet and peaceful. But, what happens when everyone comes home? Are there bars nearby that will have late night traffic? Are there train tracks, a hospital or even a fire whistle nearby? Can you imagine moving into your new home and then finding out there’s a fire whistle which goes off in the middle of the night when a fire call comes into the fire department?
You also might want to take a walk around the neighborhood and talk to the neighbors in the area where you want to live. Ask how they like the community, what don’t they like about it, and where local hot spots are. If they don’t talk to you, then you probably wouldn’t want them as neighbors anyways.
Other points to consider
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Another point to consider is when you walk outside, what does it smell like? Is the air clean or do you smell bad odors? You don’t want to buy a home and then find out that there’s a garbage dump nearby which you can smell when the wind is blowing south.
Also, see if the streets are well-lit at night, check out the crime rate in that area. Is there bumper to bumper traffic during rush hour? What about the homes nearby, are they well-kept? Are there homes which are abandoned or vandalized within the community you’re checking? What about a lot of for sale signs or places for rent? It could be that neighborhood is heading downhill, and the neighborhood’s value is decreasing.
The last thing is to picture yourself and your family, if you have one living with you, moving to this neighborhood. Do you feel comfortable and does it meet your criteria? It could be a lovely neighborhood with the perfect home, but if something feels a little off–you’ll want to trust your gut..
Buying a new home isn’t just about the house but living in the neighborhood that it’s in as well.
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