When you are buying a home, you are not just buying that home. You are also buying the neighborhood that surrounds that home. Of course you don’t actually own it, but it is where you are going to spend your time. If you love your home but hate your neighborhood, you are going to end up hating the home. Here are some factors that you should be concerned about as you start looking for a home:
- Your neighbors – You probably do not want to march up to your potential neighbor’s doors and give them a long survey discussing their opinions on a wide variety of subjects, but you should still get a general idea of the kind of people that live near you. If you have a young family, it might be nice to know that there are other young families on the block. If you are young professionals, having other professionals in the area would likely mean that you can make friends in the area. If you are older, having other people of the similar age might make you feel more at home in the neighborhood.
- The schools – If you are a family with children who are still in school, you are probably going to want to learn about the schools available to you before you move into a certain neighborhood. You are usually bound to attend school in your school district, unless you are willing to pay for private school. Making sure that the school fits your needs, both in academic rigor, performance, and distance from your home, before you make the decision to buy, is always a good idea.
- How far away amenities are – You might not think that having to drive half an hour to get to the nearest grocery store is really that big of a problem, but when you just want to make a quick trip to the store and you have to tack on an extra hour just to get there are back, you will probably start to become annoyed. How close are the things that you are typically going to want or need, not just on a daily basis, but on a weekly basis, too?