How To Choose A Neighborhood When Buying A New Home

How To Choose A Neighborhood When Buying A New Home

Home is where the heart is, but your neighborhood is like your extended family. Choosing the right community is just as important as selecting the ideal floor plan.

Tips for finding the right neighborhood

  • Schools: Do you have kids? Or are you planning to? Even if you're not, a house in a neighborhood with an excellent school system often will resell faster and increase in value more quickly.
  • Parks and Recreation: Local amenities such as pools, walking trails, organized sports leagues, playgrounds, etc., can boost your property value -- if they are maintained well.
  • Commuting: You may know exactly how far it is in miles from a house to your office. But try driving the route at different times of day -- rush hour (a.m. and p.m.) and when schools let out. Your drive time may increase dramatically.
  • Sounds: Spend some time walking around the neighborhood, also at different times of the day and night. Can you hear planes flying overhead? Do you hear frequent ambulances, lots of traffic, bar or restaurant noise, construction noise?
  • Warnings! Look closely around the neighborhood. Are there many homes for sale or for rent? Are any buildings abandoned or vandalized? Do homeowners take good care of their yards and maintain their homes?
  • Remember to verify any information you receive from others, including crime rates, tax rates and school information.
Need help finding your new home? Stop by Wilkinson ERA for more advice from the experts!

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