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They say a house is like a spouse. It that’s the case, that means the neighborhood surrounding your house is like your extended family. While you love your spouse, you may dread spending holidays with your extended family.

On that same note, you may love your house, but dislike the neighborhood that surrounds it. When this happens, it’s difficult to be truly happy in your home. As such, when shopping for a new home, it’s important to research the neighborhoods the homes are located in to find out if they offer all the things you feel are important to living a happy life in your new home. Here are several tips to help you figure out what kind of neighborhood you’d like to live in.

Are There Children in the Picture?

If you have children or are planning to have children in the near future, it’s important to research the school district in the area. Even if you don’t plan on having children, a quality school system can raise your property values.

In addition to great schools, you’ll want to find out if the neighborhood has any parks or recreation areas as well.

Do You Prefer an Established Neighborhood or a Newly Built Community?

Older, established neighborhoods are full of character, but their homes are older and usually require a certain amount of repair. On the other hand, their purchase prices are usually cheaper. Newly-built homes in a new development are more modern and more expensive to purchase. Often, both types of neighborhoods are governed by home associations with strict rules and standards.

What Does Your Current Neighborhood Lack?

When searching for a new neighborhood, consider the things your current neighborhood lacks. For instance, if you’ve always wanted to live near a body of water, put that at the top of your list. If you love your morning coffee, having a Starbucks nearby might just be the thing that seals the deal on your new neighborhood.

Do You Like to Walk Places?

If you like walking to places when the weather is nice, living in a neighborhood that’s close to shops and restaurants might be perfect for you. If you’d prefer to drive rather than walk, however, living a little further away from town may not bother you at all.

What Types of Things Don’t You Want in a Neighborhood?

When looking for your dream home, consider the types of things you don’t want in the surrounding neighborhood. For example, if peace and quiet are on the top of your list, you’ll want to steer clear of neighborhoods near college campuses or those with lively bar scenes.

Shopping for a new home is more than just finding the home itself. It’s also finding the right neighborhood, too. For if you find one without the other, you’ll have a hard time being truly happy. Use the tips above to find the perfect neighborhood for you.


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