Location is an important factor when it comes to buying a home. It’s not enough to fall in love with a house just because it has everything you want and need. Tiles and furniture can be replaced, pipes can be repaired, but location is permanent.
Since the neighborhood you live in can make a big difference in whether or not you enjoy your home…
Here are 7 important things to check in the neighborhood before buying a home:
Schools matter for two main reasons: you may have children in the future and good schools ensure your home will retain its value. Good schools and good neighborhoods go together.
Take the time to talk to police officers from the local police department. Pay particular attention to the “police blotter,” which typically lists crimes reported in the area. Some positive signs of the overall security of the neighborhood includes police officers patrolling the neighborhood, well-lit areas and CCTVs installed in designated posts as a precautionary measure.
Check out traffic patterns during rush hour and ask whether traffic poses a safety issue.
Unreasonable noise can be very irritating. Noisy nuisances like barking dogs, machines or chronic partiers can create friction – fast. So take the time to visit the property not just on the weekends but also on the weekdays to give you a better idea of the noise and activity level of the neighborhood at all hours of the day.
As you drive through a potential neighborhood, check signs if the city is having financial trouble. Signs that the city is in a dire situation is if you see the streets aren’t clean and well-maintained, parks are debilitated and sidewalks are cracked.
Talk to potential neighbors
Don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation with potential neighbors. It doesn’t have to be in-depth, just a few questions to get a general idea or vibe of the neighborhood. It will help you decide if you belong to the neighborhood.
Remember to consider nearby amenities. If you like taking strolls, look for neighborhoods that have parks or cafe strips. If you’re the type that likes to be in the midst of it all, look for neighborhoods that are near shopping malls, restaurants and entertainment spots. You can check Google maps to get an idea of what is close to your potential neighborhood. Hoppler also has this feature. Just enter in the city, area or building you are interested in and select the options that speak to your needs.
Buying a home is the single largest investment you can make. Do your homework and trust your gut feeling so you end up buying a home in a location that’s ideal for you and your family.
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