4 Ways to Decide if a Neighborhood is Right for You
If you find your perfect dream home but it’s not in the neighborhood you want… you might be tempted to make a compromise. But is it worth it?
It might be—you just need to take an honest look at the neighborhood and your lifestyle and habits! Here are # things to seriously consider:
1. Take a look at your lifestyle.
What do you spend most of your free time doing? Do you go to the gym everyday? Then you’ll want to make sure there’s a gym you like that’s close to home. Do you have kids? Then the quality and location of the local schools might be a big factor. Take a look at your calendar for the past few months, and make a list of all of the places you went to and how often you frequented them. Does the neighborhood in question have all of these things a reasonable distance from your home?
2. Consider how it affects your commute.
Many people convince themselves that a 1-hour commute both ways isn’t so bad, especially if it means they get to have their dream home. But is that 1-hour commute actually 1 hour… or is it more like 2 hours during rush hour? There’s one way to find out: Actually do the commute during the time of day you’d normally do it during!
3. Spend time in the neighborhood.
Spend an evening going for a walk, drop by the local coffee shop, grab dinner, go out for drinks, visit the grocery store, sit in the closest park for awhile. Actually spending time in the neighborhood can help you better envision what it could be like to live there on a daily basis!
4. Talk with people who live in the neighborhood.
There’s nothing like first-hand experience! You can read about a neighborhood online as much as you want, but chatting with people who have lived there for awhile can shed light on various things. For example, maybe a neighborhood has a bad crime rating. But sometimes if you talk to people who actually live there, it turns out that incidents are typically isolated to one specific part of a neighborhood, or maybe their experiences don’t line up with the stats. Statistics can be important, but it’s often only one piece of the puzzle.