Picking the Ideal Neighbourhood for your Next Home
Imagine moving to a neighbourhood that has something you really want, like a nearby golf course, more wooded areas and walking trails, or a faster commute to work. How would that impact your lifestyle?
Chances are, it would have a big impact! In fact, your choice of neighbourhood plays a huge role in your overall enjoyment of your home.
Of course, you might love living where you are right now, but if you’re looking for a change, here are some tips for finding a new area that fits your desired lifestyle:
Make a list. Write down all the things you want in a neighbourhood. For example, you might want to live in a bustling urban setting with nearby access to public transit, theatre, and shopping. Or, you might want just the opposite! The point is to clearly define your ideal neighbourhood.
Go on weekend scouting missions. Check out neighbourhoods that closely fit your criteria. Go for a walk. Check out the local amenities (parks, shopping, nearby golf course, etc.) Look at the types of homes in the area.
Talk to the neighbours. When visiting a targeted neighbourhood, try to chat with a few of the residents. If you see someone walking a dog, for example, say hello. Strike up a conversation. Get an idea of what it’s like to live in the area.
Get the facts. There is a lot of data available on neighbourhoods, including crime statistics, demographics, and more.
Check affordability. There’s no sense trying to get into an area where the homes are priced way beyond what you’re willing to spend. Conversely, you might be surprised by the type of neighbourhood you can afford. Find out.
Finally, the best way to find a home in the neighbourhood of your dreams is to get expert help. If you’re looking for that, call today.