When shopping for a new home, a neighborhood could either make or break a sale! That's why most homebuyers have a list of things that they feel would make their new home absolutely perfect. If you're not sure what makes a neighborhood better than others, we've got a few things for you to look for when you're out shopping.
Here are the top 9 things that make a neighborhood great:
Education - If you have children, or if you're thinking about starting a family, it's important to know which schools are zoned for your neighborhood. Education is a priority for children, so the better the schools, the better the community will be for your family.
Crime Rates - We all want to live in a safe neighborhood, so taking the time to research the crime rates in that area is a must! You can also find out if the neighborhood has its own crime watch community group.
Environment - Are the streets well-lit at night? Is the grass green and healthy? You might want to take a quick stroll around the neighborhood after viewing your potential home. Take a look at your surroundings and see if you feel they are up to your standards.
Activities – Many families want to live in a community where they can socialize and attend festivals, gatherings and events with fellow neighbors. You can do your research by checking the community website and social media pages for event announcements.
Personality - Some homeowners are looking for that perfect, custom built- home, while others want a neighborhood with history and charm. Make sure that the community you choose has the right type of houses that fit your personal style.
Convenience - Take a quick drive around the area to make sure that it is fully equipped with businesses that you will be using. Local commerce is important, and the closer you are to a grocery store, and shops, the easier and more convenient your life will be.
Entertainment - Restaurants, movie theaters, bars, etc. You'll want to make sure that all of your entertainment needs are met, and are close by! Date nights are a lot easier if its close to your home.
Fellow Neighbors - You won't only be choosing a home, but you'll also be choosing your neighbors. The people who live by you should take pride in their homes, and help to maintain their yards and abide by HOA standards. You want neighbors that have respect for their homes to help keep your neighborhood happy and beautiful.
Amenities - Neighborhoods that have more amenities tend to keep homeowners happy. Does your neighborhood come with a community pool? Playgrounds? Parks? Tennis courts? etc. Take your time to find out what types of amenities your neighborhood has to offer so that your needs and wants are met.
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