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Picking the right neighborhood

  • July 24, 2012

Picking the right neighborhood

Although a home's structure, price and amenities are all crucial elements to consider when buying a house, its location might be even more so. A safe neighborhood full of friendly neighbors and near desirable shopping and entertainment options can make the difference between an enjoyable living situation and an unendurable one.

Because of this, it is vital to have a good plan for finding the right location for your new home. Whether moving out of state or across town, here are a few tips to help you identify the perfect neighborhood.

Many looks
A neighborhood is a dynamic and living thing and, therefore, it is often necessary to explore it from many angles. Visiting at various points throughout the day can give you a sense of its character at different times, as well as providing you with a sense of how traffic will be during your morning commute, in the middle of the day and late at night.

Likewise, it is a good idea to traverse the area using several modes of transportation. Both in terms of safety and convenience, you are going to want to know how walkable, bike-friendly and drivable it is.

Also, you should examine the entire neighborhood, not just the section near your home. Getting a sense of the whole region can help you envision what you're experience living there will be like.

Talk to the natives
No matter what a real estate agent, the internet or a self-guided tour can tell you about an area, people who live and work there have firsthand knowledge of the neighborhood. Therefore, make a point to get plenty of input from locals. Stop them on the streets and ask them questions like what their favorite restaurant is or if the area is noisy during the night.

Talking to merchants can be just as helpful. Spend time devising questions that will help you gauge the area's tenor and chat with as many people as you can.

Public services
Another useful indicator of what your quality of life in a particular neighborhood will be is the attention it receives from the local government. Clean, well-paved streets and adequately staffed agencies will tell you that local officials are invested in making the residents happy. Conversely, an unkempt and disorganized area lets you know it might be hard to get things done and questions answered.

Whatever neighborhood you choose, it is important that your move goes smoothly. Using a professional household moving company can ensure you will be able to seamlessly integrate into your new home. Experienced out of state movers know how to get you situated without disturbing your neighborhood or putting you in an uncomfortable situation.


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