Moving homes is always a tricky thing to do, but there are essential things to consider, one of them being which neighbourhood to live in.
Neighbourhoods are special; they’re all different, each with unique characteristics and residents. But not every neighbourhood is ideal for you, so what should you think of when choosing your neighbourhood?
When choosing where to live location is the most impactful choice you’ll make. Location is the standard of everything; it affects property value like nothing else, as well as greatly influences your quality of life, so it’s important to make sure you make the right choice.
Lifestyle is something you should think about carefully before you begin looking at different neighbourhoods. Consider your day to day life, your interests and aspirations and then begin searching for neighbourhoods that resonate with that lifestyle.
Begin by searching for neighbourhoods that match your lifestyle needs and priorities. Do you want an urban or suburban lifestyle? What are your daily activities and what can’t you live without? Do you want to be in a central location, or do you want to be somewhere with less movement and more quite? Are you married and do you have children? These are essential questions to establish your unique lifestyle and find a neighbourhood that compliments it.
It’s important to think about your means of transport and whether a neighbourhood supports that. Where do you need to go on a daily basis and will you be taking private or public means of transport? Then consider the distance and time it would take you to get to work, school or any other key location. Just ask your realtor for help if you don’t want to do the research.
It is essential that the nature of your daily commute as well as the time it takes is established to improve your quality of life and limit factors that could cause discontent in your daily life within the neighbourhood you choose.
Amenities & Public Services
One thing many people don’t consider when choosing a neighbourhood is their own convenience. It’s critical that you factor in your proximity to any required amenities, such as grocery stores and gas stations as well as to public services like hospitals, police stations and fire brigades.
These conveniences will greatly affect your day to day life and most importantly the quality and security of it, so make sure to carefully consider this factor.
Schools and Parks
If you have, or are planning to have children, parks and particularly schools can be a highly important factor to consider when choosing which neighbourhood to live in. Make sure to research the local schools and familiarize yourself with the local play areas such as parks.
Affordability and Development
The factor which everything rests on is the affordability of the neighbourhood, both its homes and lifestyle. Purchasing a property, especially a home is very personal decision as well as a significant financial investment.
Make sure to look into records of each neighbourhood to determine the property value trend. As well note any business and transport developments within the area, which could signify a quality of life improvement in the future.
Choosing a neighbourhood that suits you can be a sticky situation but if you have a clear idea of your needs and long-term goals, the process becomes much easier and much more beneficial.