Purchasing property is a big deal, and buyers need to be certain about key factors, one of which being the age-old realtor cliché – location, location, location.
We’ve all heard it before, but this is because it still rings true that where you buy a home is probably even more important than which home you buy. The neighbourhood you choose to build your life and raise a family in needs to suit your lifestyle and reach your standards.
Here are a few important things to look out for before you commit.
Design and Upkeep
If you’re considering buying in an area, make sure to drive or walk around the neighbourhood – beyond just the street you’d be living on – and take a look at how things are looking.
Factors like well-designed and maintained street signs, trash cans and curbsides are some things to take note of. These will give you a good idea of the upkeep in the area and whether or not the neighbourhood is well looked after. Neighbourhoods that are littered or not very well taken care of should probably be avoided.
Nearby Stores and Restaurants
Nobody wants to sit in traffic just to quickly pop to the grocery store for a bottle of milk. Make sure that the neighbourhood you’re looking to buy in has at least one grocery or convenience store that you’d be happy to shop at regularly.
If you dine out often, you might also be inclined to take a look at what restaurants and coffee shops are nearby.
Other Amenities and Facilities
If you have children or are planning on starting a family, then scoping out potential schools will be another important step to take. Aside from schools, you can scope out other amenities and facilities in your neighbourhood.
These could include nice parks for walking your dog (or just taking a walk yourself) a good gym in the area if you’d like a membership or even a retirement home for your aging parents.
Safety and Security
A vital aspect to pay attention to is the safety of the area. You’ll be able to get a good idea of this based on how the neighbourhood looks – a poorly maintained area with noticeable vandalism is more likely to be less secure.
However, you can also find out if there’s a neighbourhood watch and read up on the crime rates in the area to get a clearer image of the safety and security where you’re looking to put down roots. If there isn’t a neighbourhood watch in an area you otherwise really like, you could start one yourself.
Having the opportunity to get to know your neighbours is the only way to find out if they’re friendly or not, and this is only likely to happen once you’ve moved in.
However, it’s always a good idea to see if you can pick up on the vibe of the neighbourhood by waving to passers-by or striking up a conversation with someone in your street.