When you're in the market for a new home, the neighborhood you choose is just as important as the house itself. After all, the location of your home will impact your shopping and dining choices, commute times, and your lifestyle.
With such an important decision on the line, how do you make sure the community you're considering is right for you? Our REALTORS® help home buyers find their ideal neighborhoods every day and have gathered up a list of their favorite tips.
- Consider Your Personal Preferences
Start your search by making a list of the features you want in your new neighborhood. Is it important that your new home is close to work, in a great school district, or gives you access to a community pool? Do you want to live in the center of the city, or would you prefer the type of lifestyle that comes with living in a waterfront home? This "must-have" list will help narrow down the areas you'll explore. By listing out your requirements from the get-go, you'll save yourself the time and frustration of finding a home that seems perfect but is in a less-than-ideal location.
- Talk to Your Agent
It might go without saying, but we think your agent is the best source for advice about potential neighborhoods. We have access to the most up-to-date information and can also help you find the perfect home in the right neighborhood.
- Check Out Safety Statistics
Before moving into a new neighborhood, it's essential to check out the area's safety and crime statistics. You may also want to talk to some of the area residents to get a better feel for living in the neighborhood is really like. Living in a gated community or an area with a homeowner's association can also help ensure that you're choosing a neighborhood that is both safe and quiet.
- Evaluate the Community
Some people prefer to keep a healthy distance from their neighbors, while others love living in a close-knit community. If you enjoy a laid-back island life or small-town coastal living, then you may want to explore some of the beautiful Southport homes for sale. You'll also want to consider other lifestyle factors that contribute to a community's vibe. This may include whether the area is walkable if it has easy access to parks and recreational facilities and whether residents participate in community activities.
- Live Like a Local
When you're considering moving to a new neighborhood, the more time you can spend living like a local, the better off you'll be. On your days off, head over to your potential new neighborhood to run errands, check out nearby shops and go for walks. When it's time for a night out, take the opportunity to visit a local restaurant and explore the area's nightlife.
- Plan a Stay-Cation
If you want to get an idea of what a neighborhood is like, try renting for a while. Consider getting an Airbnb for a week or renting a home for a few months. Both choices will give you a chance to get an "insider's view" of what your life will be like. While you're there, consider things like local traffic, commute times, and accessibility to the places you visit most often.
Let Us Help You Find Your Ideal Neighborhood
Buying a new home is a big decision, but at Margaret Rudd & Associates, we work hard to make it easy. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started!