Intro: Are you looking for a new home? Have you ever considered the location of your future house? Your answer to that question can make or break your life. Whether it be because of safety, quality public schools, proximity to family and friends, or any other reason – choosing the perfect place is paramount. Choosing where to live can be a difficult decision. It’s not just about the house itself, but also about the neighborhood and city it is located in. This blog post will walk you through some of the considerations and steps to take when choosing a location for your new home.
How to Choose a Location for Your New Home
- Consider the commute – how long will it take to get to work, school, or other important locations. Is there a bus stop nearby? If so, how long does it take for the next one to arrive? How often do they run? It would help if you also consider your commute time to your place of work because you want to make sure that you are getting a home in an ideal location. You don’t want to spend more time sitting in traffic than sitting with your family! Some people may choose to look at homes within walking distance of their work because it can save them money on gas and give them more time with their families.
- Consider the cost of living in different areas: Figure out your budget and what you can afford based on your income. The cost of the house, condo, and homes vary depending on the location. You might have heard real estate agents labeling some neighborhoods as pricey and some as budget neighborhoods. If you have a lower budget, you might want to select a cheap condo in a location and neighborhood that completely fulfills your requirements but is a bit on the outside of the city. You may have to compromise over some aspects if you are looking for a city location. Cities are often cramped up and offer less space luxury as compared to downside houses. If you are a single person or a couple, you might adjust to the small space quite efficiently, but if you have a family, you must keep your aim of a bigger house with enough rooms for a happy family.
- Consider your family preferences: if you have multiple working members in your family, you must also consider how the location of the house or condo will affect their transportation time. You might also want to think about access to other transit options like light rail or train stations for each of your family members. If you work out of the house, the ease of transit commuting may be a very important thing to have.
- What are the crime rates like in an area? An important factor is the quality of the neighborhood. It could be determined by the crime rate in the area, whether or not it is a gated community, and who else lives in the city. You might want to consider the reputation of the city in which your home will be located. It could be for any number of reasons. If you are looking for a safer area with less crime, you will look for an up-and-coming city that has seen a decrease in crime. That way, you can know that the area is continuing to get safer and more secure!
- Schools for little ones: Is there a good school district nearby that matches your needs for schooling options for children/teens under 18 years old. Another important consideration is the quality of schools in the area. If you have children, this will affect your decision as you want to find an area where they can attend a high-quality school to get a great education. A public school will be good for the educational aspect (that’s why you’re moving to a new location after all). But even if you don’t have kids yet, it’s still important to consider the public schools in an area. Research schools in the area, including public and private options. You might not care about this if you’re single, but you never know who you might meet down the road!
- Amenities: Consider how close it is to amenities like grocery stores, gas stations, or restaurants. With grocery stores within walking distance, you do not have to prep your week’s lunches in advance and can swirl something up at a moment’s notice. Shop for groceries there and go home and cook without having to make multiple stops along the way (which we all know we do). You may also consider access to a major grocery store that has everything you need. Or, if you feel like going out, you may eat out at the restaurants that help you free your evenings off of cooking. You do not have to worry about gas in your cars and refill every time without hassle.
- Think about how close you want to be to work, entertainment, or other places of interest: A community center is good if your family loves spending time together and doing activities like playing soccer or board games, visiting the library, etc. you may want to spend your weekends with your family and friends and go out instead of staying home on the Sundays. You may want to spot some theaters and cinema halls, sports centers, and gyms for the convenience of your entire family, adults, and children.
- Find out if any historical landmarks are located in the area – this could add value to your home later on! It’s easier to live near landmarks that help you put your home on the map, easy for visitors to find, and parcels and packages to reach your home. In addition, landmarks may hike up the location’s prices by multifold and is also an accessory for your home.
- Laws and regulations: Look into local zoning laws and restrictions before offering a house; these can vary from place to place and change over time. With all the excitement of buying a new house, you may push the laws in hindsight or ignore them altogether, but they may come back to bite. So it’s better to pay attention to the relevant laws and restrictions before you overstep them.
Try to consider all of these factors when choosing an area. Each one might be very important, but finding balance among them can be difficult. Especially if you tend to have a favorite, each decision can be tough. Please make a list of factors that matter the most and then rank them in order of importance.