Location! Location! Location! - What To Consider When Buying A New Home

There are so many factors to consider when deciding to purchase a new home. Potential new homeowners have to consider everything from size of the home, number of bathrooms, number of bedrooms, is the house pet friendly, location, and much more.

However, while some factors like number of bedrooms is non-negotiable for many families location is just as important. In order to select a location for your new home that is perfect for your family you have to consider a number of criteria.

Here’s what criterion to consider location-wise when buying a new home:

Your lifestyle

One of the most important things to consider when purchasing your new home is what is important to you. Each and every new homebuyer will have different minor preferences, but these must be considered before you get serious about a home.

If you are an active family then it may be important to have a number of parks or gyms close to your potential new home. Or maybe you want to be able to walk or bike to work from your home. This will limit the possible location of your new home considerably.

Schools

If you have children, or plan to, then talk of schools will often dominate the talk surrounding the location of your new home. The first aspect of schooling to look into is the school district. You want to make sure the school district your new home feeds into has a good reputation and will properly educate your children.

Next, it is important to check and see if your home is in walking distance to your home. This is especially important for elementary school aged children. Once your children can drive this may not be a factor.

Stores & cafes in close proximity

It’s also important to check and make sure the potential location of your new home be in close proximity to grocery stores, coffee shops, and restaurants. While many families cook at home it is nice to be able to grab a good cup of coffee on a Saturday morning or be able to swing by a decent restaurant on a whim.

Safety & noise

You will want to make sure the streets and surrounding areas of the neighborhood your potential new home is located are safe. Even if you do not have children yet, living in an area with safe streets is still important.

Also, check to make sure there are no noise issues near your home. Metro transit routes, highways, and airports can all cause headaches for homeowners who didn’t pay attention.

The neighbors

Lastly, before deciding on a location for your new home you need to investigate the neighbors. If you are a quiet couple then living on a street filled with college kids could be frustrating. If you have young kids then living on a street filled with elderly couples could be boring.

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