Choosing a home is a detailed process, and if you’re choosing a new neighborhood there is even more to consider. Here are some helpful tips to make sure the area will be right for and your family:
- Check Out Nearby Amenities – Think about the top places that you visit each month where you live now. Does your new area offer these same points of interest? Top point of interest often include: grocery stores, churches, convenience stores, medical facilities, schools, coffee shops, parks and restaurants.
- Consider Neighborhood Activity – Who are the people in the neighborhood? What kind of cars are parked on the streets? Do the neighbors maintain the yards the same way that you will? These types of details like these can highlight a lot about what day to day life will be like in your new community.
- Introduce yourself as a potential new neighbor. Get a sense of local activities. Is this community likely to have block parties or do people keep more to themselves? Which type of neighborhood do you prefer? Most people are not comfortable knocking on doors to introduce themselves to a stranger. Our thought is that it is better to knock on your new neighbor’s door to meet them before you buy the house. As your agent we will be happy to do this for you.
- Think about Your Safety– What are the crime statistics? Crime data, both the volume of crime and the types of crime are available to you in the public records. Neighborhoods can change over time but it usually takes a long time. Get the most recent data available.
- Check out the school stats. School performance data is important when thinking about what’s best for your family. Look at the school district as a whole and then look at each school that your community feeds into as well. Check out the test scores and student to teacher ratios. Also look at any special school programs that are offered that could benefit your children. This data is all public information and it’s free.
- Explore the traffic patterns. Find where traffic is likely to occur during weekdays and weekends. One of our best recommendations is to have all people who will be commuting from the house to meet there in the morning for a cup of coffee and then drive to work. Do the same thing on the way home. It will be a longer day than usual but it will be the best way to give you a sense of your new daily commute.