When you are in the market for a new home, the area or community in which you buy is a major factor. You want a community that is right for you and your family. If you are new to the area, you will want to gather information about different locations where homes are for sale.
Being organized helps the process. You may want to consider starting with a checklist. Let's take a look at some of the different things you may want to add to your list and what resources are available for collecting information.
Home Styles – Are you looking for a community that has new construction? Maybe you prefer older homes or ranch style homes. Alternatively, perhaps you are looking for a neighborhood that boasts Victorian homes. This is something to keep in mind and go over with your realtor.
Crime rates and safety factors – You, of course, want to purchase a home in a safe neighborhood. Crime statistics can often be found online. You will also want to contact the local authorities for more information about the safety of the area in which you are interested.
Community Demographics and Make-Up – Are you looking for a community that has people the same age as you? If you have children, you may want a neighborhood that is primarily made up of families with kids. If you are retired, you may want to live among other retirees. This information may be found online or through a realtor.
School Information – If you have school age children, you will surely want to gather information about local schools. Visit the school websites and read about them. You can also visit sites such as Great Schools. These sites give school ratings and other details.
Pets and Animals – Do you have any pets that require special zoning or permits? Horses, pet pigs, even certain breeds of dogs may need special consideration. Be sure to check with the city or county regarding the area you are interested in.
Public Transportation – Do you or a family member rely on public transportation? If so, you will want to make sure the areas you are looking at are served by public transit. Your realtor may have this information. You can also take advantage of the local Chamber of Commerce or City Offices to obtain more facts on buses and other means of transportation.
These are some factors you will want to keep in mind and look at when you begin your quest for a new home.