When you move to a new location, there are a few obvious things you’ll be looking for, but whether or not you own a car, transportation should be up there on your list of amenities to watch out for.
If you own a car, then securing a parking spot is probably going to be pretty high up on your list of must-haves when you are considering real estate options. Of course, the type of parking that works best for you should play a key role in your choice. Do you want a built-in or detached garage? Do you need more than one parking spot or would you like more than one lane to your driveway? If you are looking at street parking as an option, you’ll also want to make sure there are no winter bylaws, and if there are you’ll need to secure an alternative location to park for those months.
Of course, your home isn’t the only place you’ll need to be able to park your car. If you are more than a walk away from work, school, or your shopping area, then you’ll need to make sure those areas are parking accessible as well. Otherwise, you’ll need to look for other transportation options to help you get where you need to go.
It’s a good idea to look into the bus routes that are available near the residential area you are looking at, too. Are these available at convenient times and locations? Another transportation option to consider is bike accessibility. Are there bike lanes and trails nearby that you will have access to? Even if you don’t need your bike to get to work or class, it is a good idea to look into things like bike trails and walking trails so you can get an impression of the recreational options available to you before you buy your home.