5 Things to consider when choosing where to live
August 2nd, 2018
There are many things you have to consider when building a new home. You have to decide your design, which upgrades you want, and think about the time frame for the build. One thing you don’t want to forget is to check on your location. Having the right house in the wrong location could spell disaster. Make sure you check these 5 things before you make a decision!
- 1. Get a feel for the neighborhood
It is important that you know the neighborhood as much as possible. Your family is going to be in this neighborhood for many years to come, so it is a good idea to make sure you will be comfortable there. A great thing you can do to learn about the neighborhood is take a walk or drive around the neighborhood at different times of day. Taking note of how things are in the evening is just as important as during the day. You can also take some time to knock on a few of the neighbors’ doors. Ask them what they like about their neighborhood. Find out if the neighborhood has any organizations you might be interested in. Maybe you will make a few friends!
- 2. Check on the schools
You will want to make sure your kids are going to be happy and have a good education. You can look up school rankings and reviews online to get an idea of how good they are. It’s also beneficial for you to speak to people in the community and get their opinions on schools as well. If possible, try going to an event held at one of the schools in the area. Whether it is a sports event at the high school, or a community event at an elementary school, that is a great way to get a look at the community and facilities.
- 3. Check your commute
If you are close enough to where your new home would be, wake up a bit earlier one day and drive to the new neighborhood, then to work. Take note of your commute and see if it will be bothersome or not. Your commute may seem like a small factor in the grand scheme of building a house, but it can have a huge affect on your mood every day. So it is worth checking on. If it is not feasible for you to physically make the commute, you can map it out on Google maps. Google maps lets you check traffic conditions and routes, so that will work if you are farther away from your potential new home.
- 4. Find nearby essentials
Make sure you also are checking where you can go for groceries, haircuts, oil changes, and other routine errands. These things aren’t the biggest deal, but if you are torn between two good neighborhoods, proximity to good amenities like these can make the difference.
- 5. Check on safety
It is a good idea to check the local crime rates of the area. These can be found online, and you can also contact the local police department and talk to them about it. No matter where you are, you want to feel comfortable. Knowing you are in a safer neighborhood brings that much more peace of mind to your new home.
Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you will make. Having “buyer’s remorse” is something you want to avoid no matter what. Considering your location is a big part of this decision. We do our best to put all of our Arive Homes neighborhoods in the best areas to make sure you get exactly what you are looking for. Come check out a model home today to see what we are talking about!