When you are ready to buy a new house, it is easy to get caught up in what your “dream home” will look like. But choosing a neighborhood
is even more important than choosing a house. Whether you are considering University Park, Denver or not, how do you choose the right neighborhood for you? It takes a little planning and research, but by following these steps you will be well on your way to finding the neighborhood of your dreams.
Make a Wish List
Before you start looking at neighborhoods, make a list of the things you want from your ideal neighborhood. Do you want a single-family home or a condo? Are you willing to commute? Do you want to live in a new neighborhood or a historic one? How important are the schools to you? Also consider what your current neighborhood is lacking, as well as things you don’t want in a neighborhood. Once you have your list describing your ideal neighborhood, make sure to highlight which aspects are deal breakers and those with which you might be willing to compromise.
Now that you know what you are looking for, it is time to find some neighborhoods that might be a good fit. Start by deciding on a specific area or two – perhaps one that is close to your job, then do some digging. Start with things like school information, crime statistics, tourist attractions, parks and recreation, and any neighborhood associations. See if the neighborhood you are considering has any sort of website or events page to get a better idea of what living there might be like.
Scope it Out
Once you have found a neighborhood you think might be a good fit, it is time for a visit. You may think simply driving through the neighborhood will be enough, but if you are considering living there you will want to make sure you know what the area is like at different times of day. If possible, set aside an afternoon to get to know the neighborhood personally.
As you peruse the area there are a number of things to consider. Are the houses and businesses maintained? Can you picture yourself going through your normal daily routine? Are there any unexpected sounds or smells in the area? Try chatting up the neighbors and local businesses to see what they think of the area. And be sure to watch for warning signs, such as vandalism or a large number of “For Sale” signs. If there is just something that feels off about your prospective neighborhood, trust your gut.
Find Your Home
Once you have decided on a neighborhood, it is time to start looking at potential houses. Use a mortgage calculator
to figure out about how much you can afford, then start searching for homes in your price range.
If you are ready to start your home search, contact Elevation Realty
. We pride ourselves in providing the personalized attention and dedication needed to help you find the home of your dreams.