What do you consider about a neighborhood when buying a house?
One of the most overlooked aspects when buying a house is the neighborhood. Most often, buyers are too busy looking at the house itself or become distracted with the processing of their mortgage loan applications that they only get to look at the neighborhood once they are handed the key. Then it takes a few months or some years to make them realize that the neighborhood they live in is not the one they wanted.
When buying a house, a home buyer must not only focus on finding the right home, the right size, the right layout, and the right price. One must also know where the right location is. The neighborhood is an important aspect of your life especially that of your children, and as a home buyer, it is your responsibility to study the neighborhood before closing a sale.
Here are some of the aspects you should consider about the neighborhood before buying a house:
What is it that you really want?
You may have imagined what your dream house is like. You may have written down the different aspects of the house you want to live in. These are the things that you really want for your home. How about the things that you really want in a neighborhood? Note that any home (single family, condo, townhouse, etc.) will be a part of the neighborhood. So, when taking note of your dream home, also take note of your dream neighborhood. When buying a house, consider the neighborhood and what it is that you really want your neighborhood to be like. From there, use this as a guide in making a decision.
Security must always be on top of your priority list when buying a house. Security does not only mean having security guards and closed gates. Sometimes you have to look inside the neighborhood itself to see if the neighborhood is safe and secure.
Accessibility and Traffic
If you are a working professional, an important thing to consider when buying a house is the neighborhood accessibility. Is there public transportation available when going to and from your neighborhood? How is the traffic? Suburban communities are often ideal neighborhoods because they are far from the hustle and bustle of the city yet they are accessible through nearby highways.
Buying a house is a form of investment so you must ensure that you are making a wise investment by choosing a home in a neighborhood that works for your needs. Some neighborhoods have parks, picnic groves and clubhouses that make them attractive to families. But what is more important to look at when looking at a neighborhood is if it has amenities that would satisfy your needs (and not just your wants). For instance, choose a neighborhood with a nearby school (especially if you have children), grocery store (where you can buy groceries for your immediate needs), drug store, and hospital.
These are just the basic things you need to look at in the neighborhood when buying a house. Home buyers have varying priorities when it comes to choosing the home and neighborhood that would satisfy their needs. But what is most important is that you, as a home buyer, make it a point to identify your priorities. It is only when you have this priority list that you can get an idea of what you are looking for.