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5 Things to Look for in a Community

Here Are Five Things to Look for in a Community Before You Move.

Amenities 

Singles, retired couples, or a family with young children, may each be looking for different types of local amenities. Your community should have everything that you are looking for to suit your lifestyle. Families may be more interested in a community pool, proximity to parks, libraries, schools, and daycares, where retired couples may be more interested in proximity to their family or a devoted active seniors club. It may be hard to find a perfect match, so be sure to prioritize. 

Schools

Choosing a neighborhood can start with choosing a school district. The topic of schools might seem more important to a family with children but a great school district should be at the top of everyone’s list. The quality of the school in that zone will affect the resale value of your home. Research is necessary in order to find the best school or school district fit for your family.

Convenience

Just as important as what amenities your community have to offer is how easy it will be to get from your home to those amenities. Whether it’s picking up groceries or heading to the office, having easy access to amenities will definitely come in handy more often than not. However, the biggest convenience factor will be your commute to work. The distance from home to work and back should be given serious consideration when choosing your community.

Safety

Finding a safe haven to live is critical to the enjoyment of your new neighborhood. There are many websites that have researched the numbers already and provided the neighborhood’s crime rate. Visit the neighborhood at different times of day to get a feel for the neighborhood’s overall environment. 

Culture

Finding the right community in which you can call home is an essential part of the process. Before diving into all your research and comparisons, make sure you can picture yourself living there. Finding the right place to call home might mean having to compromise on some of your criteria. Finding a community that fits your lifestyle will allow the rest of the pieces to fall into place.

Cost

It’s very important that you find the right area for the right price. You don’t want to be in a community with an HOA or a city that has higher than you’re willing or able to pay. It may be the perfect area for your family, but living there may be short-lived if not budgeted correctly. 

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