Buying a new home sounds exciting, isn’t it? Yes but when you consider so many factors while buying a home, then you must consider the neighbourhood too. You cannot love your home if you do not like the area around it. It can take your peace of mind away.
A great neighbourhood sells a home. It makes your home hold value and can be sold easily whenever you want.
Make a list of the things that you want and don’t want in your neighbourhood and discuss it with your agent. An experienced realtor will present you with a list of houses with reasonable prices and better neighbourhoods that will meet your requirements. Therefore, choose wisely.
There are so many things to consider when you are choosing a neighbourhood – safety, architectural style, people, basic commodities, parks and cleanliness to be precise.
Have a look at the list given below-
Value of Your Home-
If you want your house to hold a good value during the time of sale, then find a reputed neighbourhood where the prices never fall. A reputed neighbourhood doesn’t mean a posh area. It should be clean with decent people residing over there.
Hire a realtor that holds immense knowledge regarding each area and can provide with the pros and cons of choosing the one you want. He will be able to guide you better by offering suggestions and comparing rates.
Low Crime Rates-
Buying a home in a neighbourhood where the crime rate is high will be too risky. Making your biggest investment in a crime-prone area can be dangerous not only to the property but also your family. In that case, you will have to take extra safety measures and you can never sleep in peace.
Your real estate agent can provide you with all the information or you can interact with people in that neighbourhood.
City Services are Good-
Look for an area where city services are provided. Scrutinize the area and check whether trash is being picked up, roads and pavements are well maintained, streetlights are working, trash bins are placed at certain intervals, the letterbox is available etc.
Local amenities are important where you live. There must be a market near your house where you can buy things required for daily use. Apart from the market, there needs to be a park in your community for everyone.
How convenient your neighbourhood is, affects your peace and happiness. Find a place from where you can have easy access to shopping mall, schools for your children, police station, and fireplace and bus station. The biggest convenience factor would be from where you can commute to work within a few minutes.
Low Noise Levels and No Foul Odors-
Do visit a neighbourhood at several different times of the day to check noise levels and cleanliness. I am sure you do want to get disappointed by purchasing a house in a neighbourhood where there is a lot of noise due to train tracks, people playing loud music, restaurants and clubs, howling of dogs at night etc. These noises will never go away.
Besides noise, it must be free from foul odors too. If the sewage system is not well maintained and if there will be leaks, trash etc. the air will remain polluted with foul odors.