Moving To A New Neighborhood? How would you choose the best neighborhood?

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A large part of a successful move depends on a neighborhood. Sometimes choosing the right neighborhood can be just as important as choosing the right home, especially when you are raising children. It is important to remember when you are moving to a new area, that you are not just changing a home, you are joining a new community. Not every neighborhoods are the same and similar, not every neighborhood are going to be a perfect fit for your individual needs. However, there are certain things to consider that could work in your favor to ensure that you are joining a better community.

Top preferences

It is better to make a list of the community features that you would prefer. You could ask yourself certain questions while writing down your thoughts. For example: Do you prefer to live in the city or in a quiet countryside neighbourhood? How far your workplace should be from your home? Is it important to have top schools in that area? Do you plan to drive or use public transportation to work? How close supermarkets, restaurant, shopping malls or parks are located?

Suitable lifestyle

It would be a high advantage to talk to some of the neighbours in the area that you are moving into. They will have a lot more and valuable information that are not available online or to a Real estate agent. You can ask them if there are any advantages or disadvantages living in that neighbourhood. If you have any concern about the area, you can discuss as well. In some neighbourhoods people don’t even know the people living next door.  Therefore, you should have a walk around the neighbourhood possibly on multiple occasions and different times of the day to have a feel for the environment. You can assess your preference list at that time and can picture yourself living there.

Education

Homes that are located fairly close to good school district holds better value when it comes to Real Estate. You should consider the quality of school system in the neighbourhood you are moving. Good schools in a neighbourhood should be one of your top priority when you have children or are planning to have some. You would want to ensure that your child gets into a good school in order to get a good education. There are several websites online and even local council that will have the information about schooling system and quality of education of a respective area.

Transportation

Regardless if someone uses public transportation or not, a high value home should have easy access to main junctions and routes. Access to nearby public transportation makes it easier to move around. If you intend to use public transportation, your home should have convenient access to public bus or trains. You can get help from Google maps to find out about transportation and public transportation related to your subject home.

Crime statistics

A safe neighbourhood should be at the very top of anyone’s list. You would want to feel safe in your neighbourhood while walking down the street or driving in your car. You can look at different statistics at Google about the crime rate of the area. If you look at statistics of the past few years, an ideal home would be where there are low or decreasing crime rates. Other than the information available online, the local council should have that information available. You can even contact the local police station with your concern for further help.

Amenities

If you are an active person then you would possibly prefer certain amenities close by. Easy access to Gym, Park, Play-ground or Swimming pool would be a top priority. As the amenities of a neighborhood greatly depends on the location of the neighborhood, it is normal that you might not have access to all that you desire. An ideal community should be full of activities and events. You should have enough enjoyable activities to spend your free time.

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