Pick the Perfect Neighbourhood in 4 easy Steps

Posted by Gurpreet Ghatehora on Sunday, November 29th, 2015 at 9:47am.

When people go looking for a home, they often dont realize how theyre actually looking for a neighbourhood, a community. Theyre looking for a place they can call their own thats also part of something bigger than a single property. And while many home owners look at neighbourhoods in terms of cost alone, there are quite a few things to consider when looking at your next neighbourhood. Heres a few tips for finding that perfect community for you and your family.

Step 1: Sketch Out a Neighbourhood Profile

If you dont know what you want and need, its impossible to find what youre looking for. This is just as true for finding a neighbourhood as it is for almost everything else in your life, so it pays to invest in some time in thinking about what you need from a neighbourhood. Are you planning on having children? Do you need good schools for those children? Is organic food a priority of yours and, if so, is there a nearby store that can accommodate those needs? All of these questions and many more need answering. Once youve sketched out what you want in a neighbourhood, write it all down in a checklist, which youll need for step two.

Step 2: Shop Around

After you have your checklist, you can start to look around at the neighbourhoods. If youre moving within the same town, then you probably have some ideas already about where to go, or where you want to move. That can help you narrow your decision, but familiarity can also be a problem. Its important to look outside where you were thinking, especially geographically, when looking for a new neighbourhood. There may be the perfect place, and you missed it because you simply didnt even look. If youre moving to a new city, then you need to research the ideal neighbourhoods that fit your checklist. As you look around, be sure to keep your checklist on-hand so you can reference it as you look around. Get a feel for distance especially, so you know if your new home is within walking or driving distance of everything you need on a regular basis.

Step 3: Go for a Drive

Once youve narrowed down your choices, go to the neighbourhood and have a look around. Check out where the schools are, where the grocery stores are, and even where some of the local hotspots are. All of this will help you get a feel for not only the neighbourhood, but how you would live in the area.

Step 4: Start Looking for a Home

Once youve done all of the above, its time to start the even more complicated process of searching for and buying a house. But if you have the right neighbourhood, youll also know a lot more about your purchase. After all, buying a home is buying a piece of a neighbourhood to call your own.

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