The neighborhood you choose to move to will have a major impact on your lifestyle. Your neighbors, area amenities, and convenience of location will all affect how you feel in your new home. Before you make your move, be sure to cover the following steps to make sure you land in the neighborhood that’s right for you.
Make Your List
Much like finding the perfect house, chances are good that you will struggle to find a neighbor that is absolutely perfect in every way. To get a better focus on the most important items you are looking for make a list of the things you are looking for in your new location. After you have compiled your list separate these items into “needs” and “wants” or highlight the top five to focus on. Some items you may want to consider include age, access to amenities, home styles, traffic and noise, lot size, curb appeal, school district, privacy, status/prestige, view, and landscaping.
If you have kids, or plan to have them in the future, you’ll want to learn more about the local school districts. Even if you don’t have children, this is good knowledge as properties in highly regarding school systems tend to be more valuable. Visit The Wisconsin Information Network for Successful Schools site for more school information.
You’ll also want to consider access to amenities for the kids, adults, and pets in the house. Parks to run and play, access to paths and trails, or proximity to trendy hangouts all play a role in finding a neighborhood that fits your lifestyle.
Scope It Out
Once you’ve identified some potential neighborhoods that fit your needs take some time to drive through at different times of day and different days of the week. Take note of your first impressions as you drive through. Can you envision yourself living there? What stood out to you?
Consider your lifestyle and how it would be affected by this neighborhood. What’s your commute? Can you take your dog out to run? Are you able to socialize with neighbors? Be aware of clues that may signal something undesirable such as vandalism, unkept property, or less than friendly neighbors.