Finding Your Dream Home: Why You Should Check The Neighborhood First

by - 7/13/2017 08:54:00 PM

If you are looking for a new place to buy or rent, then there are a certain checklist of things to look for. The number of bedrooms? Check. The number of bathrooms? Check. Driveway and yard? Check. The list can go on and on. But one of the things that often gets left to the last minute, is the kind of neighborhood that you might end up living in. To be honest, it should probably be one of the first things that you look for. It would be hard if you find your dream home in a neighborhood that you completely hate, right? So why does it get forgotten by so many?

Here are some of my top tips to help you find the home of your dreams, set in the neighborhood of your dreams too. You’ll never want to move if you get it right in the first place.


Check the Sidewalks

This might sound like a bit of a random point, but you should check the sidewalks of the area that you plan on moving to. It can be an indicator of how well cared for the place is, depending on how damaged or dirty they look. It is also a good indicator of what you can do with your family in that area. If you have kids and want them to be our playing or riding their bikes, are there sidewalks for them to do so?A site like can help with this too if needed. A quick check of the sidewalks can actually make a big difference when it comes to living there.

Ask Your Realtor

Any realtor, like, will know about the area that they sell homes in. So it is worth asking them for their opinion. You don’t have to even be thinking about specific homes at this point. Instead, start by asking them about the most popular neighborhoods in the area that you are thinking of moving to. Ask them about schools and crime rates, and you can start your search from there.


Look at Other Costs

When you are moving to a new home and neighborhood, you need to know what additional costs there may be. If you are moving to a development of condos, then is there a maintenance fee that you all have to pay, for instance? If it is a neighborhood with a community pool, do you have to contribute to the upkeep? Will you need to pay your moving company extra cash to deliver your belongings? All of this needs to be taken into consideration, right?

Check Local Amenities

You need to decide what is important to you when you move to a new place. Is being able to walk to a store important, or are you happy to be kind of in the middle of nowhere when it comes your home? Look for things like pools, community centers, churches, parks, and other activities that might be relevant for your family. Checking schools is a good idea too. Even if you don’t have children, being close to good schools is always useful when it comes to selling your home.

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