Finding the perfect neighborhood can be challenging. The right neighborhood for you depends on your lifestyle and needs from the community. It will take research and digging to find what each neighborhood has to offer.
Interview Yourself First
Before going over every detail of neighborhoods, determine what you are looking for. This is the time to think about what you need from your community, the must-haves, the must-not-haves, and what you are willing to compromise. Some areas to think about are the types of home you’re looking for, work-to-home commute, what’s available in walking distance, if you’re looking to have children in the future, or what you’ve been missing in your current neighborhood. This will help narrow down your search drastically.
Narrow Down an Area
Whether you live in a town or in a large city, there will be specific areas that are most beneficial to you. If your job is closer to a specific part of town, stick to neighborhoods around there. In a larger city, you’ll be able to narrow down your search to a few-block radius. This will help keep your search more refined and help you focus on more details. If one area matches your needs and lifestyle more, start looking for neighborhoods there.
Look Into Background Information
Even though a neighborhood hits a lot off of your checklist, it’s important to look into the neighborhood’s background and statistics. Remember to research the crimes statics, the school system, any parks nearby, and possible tourist attractions. Talk to locals in the neighborhood and meet with local real estate agents to get the in-depth information you need. A lot goes into making a neighborhood perfect for you.
Plan a Visit
You wouldn’t buy a car without taking it for a test-drive, right? You can’t choose a neighborhood without visiting it first. When out on your visit, remember your first impression. This is your biggest indicator. If it appeals to you and matches what you’ve always visualized, it might be the neighborhood you’ve been looking for. Take in the sights, the sounds, and even the smells. This will give you a real picture of the neighborhood and help you find what you’ve been looking for.
The only thing to look for after you’ve conducted your research are the final touches of affordability, loan options, and which home is right for you. You’ll know if a neighborhood if perfect for you when you find it–you just have to start looking.