If you're looking to move, you're probably sick of hearing "when it comes to real estate, the three most important things are location, location, location". While this phrase has become incredibly cliché, it's 100% accurate. Where you move will dictate every aspect of your life, and every factor should be taken into consideration. Before making the move into a new area, take some time to ensure the area you ultimately chose is right for you. Below are some tips that will help you make the right decision:
- Look into a neighborhood’s crime rate before considering a move. Sites such as http://www.crimemapping.com/ provide a breakdown of local crimes/crime rates.
- Take a tour of the area during different hours of the day. An area may be quiet during the day but incredibly noisy at night due to local businesses. Additionally, asking locals the positives and negatives of the neighborhood can provide honest insight that you may not be able to get elsewhere.
- Ask yourself this: “What amenities are important to me?” Is there easy access (either by car or public transpiration) to parks, restaurants, and hospitals? Make sure the neighborhood meets your needs and if it doesn’t, how far/accessible are the amenities that mean the most to you.
- Do your research on the local school system. Even if you don’t have children, checking in on this is crucial for resale purposes down the line.
- Lastly, calculate how long it will take you to get to work. The perfect home may be in a neighborhood that will extend your commute and may not be ideal. Checkout https://www.google.com/maps for directions & times to and from your work address.
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