Although it may not seem that important initially, choosing a home with convenient neighbourhood amenities is important. Many people have visions of country living and then realize they spend a ton of money in gas traveling to the nearest grocery store, pharmacy or bank each time something comes up. This can also be an issue in the city if you don’t look at the surrounding amenities closely before purchasing a home.
Some of the most basic neighbourhood amenities you’ll want to consider in the area of a potential home are pharmacies/drugstores, grocery stores, gas stations, public transit and banks. If you move into an area where there are multiple providers of these services, you will probably get better pricing due to competition in pricing.
Although not necessary, the proximity of services like gyms, recreation centres, cinemas, corner stores, pet stores and restaurants will also be good to consider. If you have children, having these neighbourhood amenities close by can make finding family entertainment easier, and with young children having an easily accessible place to grab a litre of milk or some infant Tylenol in the middle of the night is critical.
Lots of people are willing to make significant commutes to work, for the right amount of money. But if you can find work close to home, or find a home close to work, you will save a bundle in gas and time. Sometimes there is no bigger nuisance than sitting in traffic for an hour after work, rather than spending that time with your family or friends.
Neighbourhood amenities should be a consideration when shopping for a new home. Although you don’t have to have everything at your fingertips, have a few key places close by is a good idea.