If you’re searching for a new house, you probably have a lengthy checklist of all the things you want from your potential new home. One important thing to keep in mind when you are searching is that you are purchasing more than a house – you’re buying into a neighborhood. Here is a guide to selecting the perfect community for your family.
Your real estate agent is here to help you find the perfect home. Ask them plenty of questions about each neighborhood so you can get a good idea of what you’re moving into. Here are some examples of questions to ask:
- What schools are nearby?
- Is it a quiet or busy area?
- Are there parks?
- Is it close to restaurants and shopping?
- Is this a new development or an older neighborhood?
- Is there a tight-knit community or does everyone keep to themselves?
- Are there amenities within walking distance?
You know what is best for your family, so use your agent's answers to these questions to decide where you should move.
Check Crime Rates
Check the crime statistics for your potential new neighborhood. You can find this information easily online. It is also worth noting if there are community crime watch programs in place.
The best way to get a feel for an area is to drive around in it. You will be able to get a feel for the neighborhood and decide if your family will fit in there or not.