If you are currently on the hunt for a new home, you probably have a list of wants and needs that you want in your home. But have you included anything about the neighborhood? Not only does the home have to fit what you are looking for, but the neighborhood does as well. Here are a few questions you may want to ask to help determine if the neighborhood will be a good fit for you, and your family if you have one.
- Is the area well-maintained? Take a walk around the block. Drive through the neighborhood. Are properties well-maintained? Are roads in good condition? The appearance of the lawns, homes, and public spaces can reveal a lot about the area.
- Are there any rules and regulations you need to be aware of before you commit? Do you mind if your renovations and landscaping are restricted by homeowner association bylaws? Find out if the neighborhood has any rules and regulations, and what they are. You may also want to find out if there are any monthly or yearly dues that you need to pay to live in the neighborhood.
- What is the reputation of the school district? Even if you don’t have children, the school district’s reputation can affect property values. Find out about the district’s rankings in academics and financial stability.
- What’s the crime rate? Normally, you can find maps provided by the city that show what crimes occur in the area and how often. Do a little research to make sure you’ll feel safe in your new home.
- What amenities are nearby? For some homebuyers, access to public transportation is important. Others want to live near parks, shops, or restaurants. Find out what amenities the area offers to ensure that you choose a neighborhood that suits your lifestyle.