Finding the perfect neighborhood and the perfect house can often be a challenge. It’s easy to find a house you immediately fall in love with, but if you’re not comfortable in the neighborhood, you won’t ever truly love the house.
How to Evaluate a Neighborhood Before Moving In
There are few things to consider, and a few things to research, before you settle in and sign the final contract on your new home.
1. The School System
A good school system is often indicative of the neighborhood as a greater whole. While a school system encompasses much more than the neighborhood you plan to live in, it’s often a fairly good indicator of whether you’ll be comfortable in the area. For parents of school-age children, this is a top priority when choosing your new home. You may also want to ensure that you’re close to ample parks and recreation facilities, especially for children in the summer months.
2. Rent First
If you truly want to give a neighborhood a trial run, rent it for a period of time before deciding to purchase. If you’re in a hurry to buy, look for an option that has a short lease, such as six months. Renting in a neighborhood gives you a hands-on experience of what living there permanently is like.
3. What Are the Property Taxes?
Finding out the property taxes in the neighborhood where you want to buy is key. This is a question you can ask your realtor, or you may research it yourself. Take into consideration the amount of these taxes on top of the mortgage that you’re qualified for. Don’t bite off more than you can chew if you’re unsure – a foreclosure is tough to overcome on a credit report.
4. Estimate Noise Levels
If you are a parent of young children, or simply don’t like a potentially noisy neighborhood, steer clear of areas that are near colleges, or have any type of bar scene. There’s bound to be some late night noise – even if it’s simply in the form of traffic. If you want peace and quite, take a careful look at the businesses in your potential neighborhood.
5. Introduce Yourself
If you don’t have the time it takes to rent for a few months or a year, introduce yourself and be friendly to the neighbors before you buy. After you buy, these neighbors most likely will be beside you for a very long time. If you immediately clash or find that they are unfriendly, perhaps it’s best to keep searching.
6. Research Crime Statistics
Research your potential neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods for crime statistics. This is an especially important point if you’re moving to a city. In addition, sex offenders must register on the state and local registries and this is a searchable matter. Scan your area before you decide to purchase by using the Texas Department of Public Safety sex offender registry, or one of the other many sources available online.
7. Think About Your Needs and Taste
Think about what you actually want after buying a home. Are you interested in walking to restaurants, cafes or stores? Do you prefer a historic neighborhood? Would you rather live in a new neighborhood where repair costs may be quite lower? Make a pros and cons list of your potential house and the neighborhood before you buy. If it doesn’t match your taste and style, keep looking.
Contact Kendall Homes
Finding a home is stressful with all of the factors you need to take into account. Kendall Homes aims to take the stress off of your shoulders, making your home buying experience seamless and enjoyable. Contact us today to find out how you can begin building the home of your dreams.