It's not easy to choose the perfect neighbourhood for you or your family. Let's face it, your neighbourhood is just as important
as your house. If you are not happy with your neighbourhood it will eventually lead to you not being satisfied with your home.
Do your research to determine what a neighbourhood has to offer you. The greatest areas for families with children is not
always the best place for a single person or empty nesters. This article will explain the things that you should be looking
at in a neighbourhood during the buying process.
Location is everything. Imagine living in an amazing area, but you work over 20km away. This will not leave you with much time to enjoy everything that your neighbourhood has to offer considering you will be spending most of your time commuting to work. Even though there may be a great neighbourhood available 20km away from work, that does not mean you need to consider that home unless you are able to work from home. Commuting can be overwhelming and will create a dissatisfaction to the home you purchased.
Location plays a huge factor when it comes to the community and its amenities. If you live in a rural area, you will most likely not find any gyms, retail stores, or things to do. However, if you enjoy the seclusiveness of a rural area, this may work for you. Drive around the surrounding area to see everything that is in proximity.
PRO TIP: Drive or walk around the areas you are researching. Make sure to take note of distances and time that it takes to get to some of the places you may be going to often.
Interview The Locals
Asking the locals in an area is a great way to see if you would enjoy it there. Locals will know the area best and can make you
aware of the perks and issues. Most people love chatting about their neighbourhood and where they live.
How can you get involved without physically going to every business or community center?
Join The local Facebook Community group to get a vibe of the neighbourhood. You can even ask questions to get real feedback.
Asking questions like:
1) I am moving to the area and was curious to hear what some of you love about living here? 2) I am curious to hear what some of the changes you are hoping for in the near future? 3) What is something that you would only know if you lived here?
PRO TIP: You can also Google: How is living in (Neighborhood). This will reveal many other forums or blogs that give local insight.