Buying a house is a very exciting experience and with it come lots of fun projects to make your house your home. Before you pick out paint colors for all the rooms, know what you’re looking for in your home. Not just the wants and needs of what the house has to offer, but also consider “where should I live?”
It’s important to know what to look for in a neighborhood and how it fits your lifestyle, so you can find the ideal spot and not have any surprises or disappointments down the road.
1. Commute to work
The proximity of a neighborhood to your workplace is a very important factor when looking to buy a house. How long is the commute? How bad does the traffic get? Time is valuable so make sure you’re comfortable with the distance from your home to your workplace that you’re not loosing time spent well otherwise.
2. School district
Whether you already have kids or plan to have some in the future, finding a well-performing school district is something many families prioritize. Ways to determine if a school district meets your criteria is to look at test scores and data, programming, extracurricular activities, sports programs, and how involved parents are with the school.
3. Street noise & traffic
How close is the neighborhood to the main street, highway, hospital, train, or busy intersections? Visit the area at different times to get a better picture of what living there is really like, what your commute would look like. Make sure to pause for a moment and listen carefully for noises that you are willing to tolerate in the future.
4. Amenities/ retail necessities
Assess your lifestyle and how often you shop what where. Map out where the neighborhood is in relation to the nearest pharmacy, grocery, and department stores. Food, medications, and toiletries are necessities for daily life and if convenience is important to you, you may want to consider a location that’s close to where you can run a majority of your errands.
5. Nearby parks
Maybe you take your dog for a walk every morning or you enjoy a family stroll after dinner. Take a drive or walk around the neighborhood and check for things like sidewalks, nearby parks and amenities offered, walking and biking trails.
Let our team of experienced agents help you find your next home in a great neighborhood that checks all the boxes to fit your lifestyle and preferences.