It’s well known that moving is one of life’s most stressful events. There are seemingly endless details and tasks throughout the process. But one detail can make a bigger difference than most. Choosing your new neighbourhood.
5 Tips for Choosing a New Neighbourhood
Finding a neighbourhood that’s right for you isn’t as easy as it seems. You might find all the amenities, but not the sort of home you’re looking for, and vice versa. The following tips will help you learn more about your target communities, and help you find the perfect neighbourhood with everything you need and want.
Check Crime Statistics
While we all look for different things in a new neighbourhood, we all want to be safe. Check municipal websites for crime rate statistics, which are often broken down for individual neighbourhoods.
Don’t be afraid to talk to the local police department or your real estate agent and ask for their advice.
Look for Great Schools
Of course, parents and families with school-aged children want to live in communities that have the best schools. But almost anyone who is buying a house should consider neighbourhoods with good schools because they are often a sign that the people are more invested in the community, which generally helps make it a better place for everyone to live.
What Amenities Do You Want?
Do you like to cook? Then you might want to be within walking distance of a gourmet grocery store. If you work outside of the area, being near highways and/or public transportation might be a good idea. If you like to be active, nearby trails and community centres should be on your list.
What Type of Home Do You Want?
Are you looking for a community of single-family homes in the right school district, or do you want a condominium apartment with eclectic coffee shops nearby?
Visit the Neighbourhood – In-person and Online
The more time you spend in your target communities, the better you will get to know them. Take time to visit parks, community centres or even go shopping.
The internet also gives you a great way to check out a new neighbourhood. You can look for news stories and videos. Many neighbourhood associations have websites or Facebook pages where you can actually get into the neighbourhood conversation.
One of the reasons that Stouffville, Unionville and Newmarket houses for sale are so popular is that they are all very desirable places to live and work. Get in touch with us here at The Tar Team to learn more.
To find out more about choosing a new neighbourhood, check out our article “3 Reasons Why Location is Important When Purchasing a Home”.