Many factors are considered when buying a home, like location to shops, public transportation, schools, etc. but neighborhood factors can be just as important to your enjoyment further down the road. Sure, the neighborhood may be beautiful and in a great location, but is it the place for you and your family? Here are a few ideas to help you decide:
- Take a walk! Is anyone outside? Are there kids playing? Does it look like a friendly atmosphere? How do you feel if you have kids, but see none outside on a nice afternoon? On the flip side, if you don’t have kids, how do you feel about tons of kids running all over the neighborhood?
- Research HOA rules and regulations. If you are into woodworking and need a shed, you might find in many planned neighborhoods that these buildings are not allowed. What are the neighborhood’s rules on overnight and street parking? Can you store your boat/jet ski/etc in the driveway?
- Don’t forget the twilight! A neighborhood can be very different at night than it is during the day. Is there loud noises coming from a particular house? Unfortunately, people’s hobbies can sometimes make them undesirable as next door neighbors! Especially if you have small children!
The list could go on and on but hopefully will get you thinking about things that could seem less important, but actually may be crucial to your enjoyment of your new home!