Okay, so you’ve made the decision: You’re going to build a home. But before you buckle down on the details, you need to find the perfect place. Looking for the ideal neighborhood is about more than just the location of your house: It’s where you’ll make your home. Follow these tips and choose wisely.
1. Visit at Different Times of Day
You’d be surprised at how different a neighborhood looks, depending on the time of day. A sleepy 2 p.m. neighborhood might become more alive at 4 p.m. If you love a community, come back and see what it’s like throughout the day to make a more educated decision.
2. Check Out the Schools
If you have children, the schools might make a big difference as to what neighborhood works best. Make an appointment to tour the available schools in the area to make sure you’re moving into a school district that will nurture your children and help them to grow.
3. Find the Amenities
Time to take a drive around town: What do you see? Check for proximity to stuff like firehouses, city offices, parks, running trails and libraries. You can also get a better idea of the convenience of your chosen location. How long does it take to get to the nearest grocery store, for instance?
4. Ask Around
Your final step is to spend a little time getting to know your would-be neighbors. You’ll probably find that residents are more than happy to “sell” you on why their community is the best. After all, who knows the neighborhood better than those who live, play and work there?
Choosing a neighborhood may seem like a game of residential roulette, but if you do your homework, you’ll know which one is right for you and your family.