You know what they say about real estate; location, location, location. You may love the home, but have you thought about what’s happening on the other side of the fence? Thinking about the neighbourhood is a big factor that can sometimes be forgotten.
Spend time in the area
You can’t really get to know a neighbourhood until you live there, right? Spending time in the neighbourhood gives you a glimpse of what your life may look like in the future. Visit on weekends, go to nearby restaurants, and walk around to get a feel for the area. Think about it in different seasons too – close to beaches or parks is a big draw in summer… but what about the other months?
Give your commute a test run
If you’ll be going back to the office soon, it’s worth seeing what your commute would be like. Google Maps can give you an estimate, but it’s a good idea to try driving it during the time you’d actually be going to work.
Think about what’s important to you
Just as you create a list of wants and needs for a new home, take the time to think about what you’re looking for in a neighbourhood. For example, if being close to restaurants or parks are important to you, then look for a community that has these amenities.
Talk to neighbours
The neighbours can offer some valuable information about what it’s really like to live in that area. Take the time to walk through the street, approach some of the residents, and ask if they’d mind answering a few questions.
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