How to pick the right family neighborhood

How to pick the right family neighborhood

Picking the right neighborhood for your family is as important as picking the property you will be living in. Factors such as safety, affordability, and proximity to amenities need to be taken into account. Think of it this way – you’re not just buying a house; you’re buying a part of a neighborhood. Before we start analyzing different aspects of what makes a good neighborhood, we need to make one thing clear: there is no perfect family neighborhood. However, there are some excellent neighborhoods out there you’ll be happy to call home. So, let’s see how to pick the right family neighborhood for you and your loved ones.

 

Pick the right housing option

The type of housing you prefer is probably going to narrow your choice. A lot of neighborhoods will check every box but one – they won’t have the type of housing your family wants. What sounds more attractive to you – having a backyard your children can play in or not having a backyard you need to maintain? Some amazing neighborhoods only offer apartment buildings while others only have single-family homes. The size of those homes may be an issue, too.

Think of your new home as a financial investment

If you are looking for property for sale, you should find out what the housing market in the area is like. Check what the homes in the neighborhood are currently valued at and compare that value to the period five-ten years earlier. This is something you should discuss with a real estate agent who specializes in that area. This way, you’ll make sure you are making a smart investment.

Plan for the future

Future development

By this, we mean that you should investigate the future potential of your preferred neighborhood. Future developments affect the way neighborhoods look, increase traffic, as well as taxes. Get informed on future development at city hall or through the local Chamber of Commerce before you pick the right family neighborhood.

Calculate your budget

A lot of people move to a neighborhood they later realize they cannot afford just because they don’t take the time to think things through and calculate their budget. When you have a family to take care of, your responsibility is even greater. So, write down your family’s median income and your expenses. Check how much things cost and do the math. Find out what the current tax rate is, how much it has increased in the past years, and what the prediction for the future is.

Pick a family neighborhood with low crime rates

You can find more or less detailed information regarding crime and safety online. Sure, no place is 100% safe but high crime rates are never a good sign. Searching for crime statistics by neighborhood should give you an idea of what to expect. Depending on the size of the city, the info you get will be more or less precise. For smaller towns, you may only get general information, while larger cities offer detailed crime reports. This is important because the rates may vary drastically across neighborhoods in large urban areas, such as New York City or Los Angeles.

To get an even clearer picture, contact the local police department and ask for more details. The police station should also be able to tell you how active the community is in crime prevention.

Visit the neighborhood you like during different times of the day

The internet can be of great help but there are a lot of things you can only find out by visiting the location. Driving through the area is a good idea, but you should also take a walk to observe everything closely and talk to the locals. They can give you their honest opinion and recommend local realtors, shops, restaurants, as well as moving companies. For example, Queens, NY is a borough full of family neighborhoods. Queens has relocation professionals to help you out, and your future neighbors can recommend the best local company. Driving and walking will also help you see what the traffic is like and how much noise you can expect at different times of the day.

Writing things down will help you pick the right family neighborhood

Making lists is always helpful when making big decisions. A list of things you find important will help you determine what the things you need to focus on are when choosing the right family neighborhood. Here are some suggestions:

  • The schools/kindergartens. It is never too early to start investing in your children’s education. Those who have kids or plan on expanding their family should do some research on local schools and kindergartens and even visit them with your kids.
  • The commute. The proximity to schools, doctors, vets, shops, banks, etc. is what makes the difference between a favorable location and one that you want to avoid. Is there a bus/train station nearby? What is the traffic situation in general? It may be great on a Sunday afternoon but what about the rush hour?
  • The neighbors. Once you think you’ve found the perfect home, introduce yourself to your potential neighbors. They are the people you’ll be seeing every day. Do they have pets/kids? How old are they? What are their properties like? Are they close to yours or maybe too far?
  • The entertainment. Your free time matters just as much as the time you spend working. What is the type of places you choose to spend your free time? Are there any such places in the area? Again, visit them if you can.

Once you complete your list of priorities as well as a list of pros and cons, you’ll be able to pick the right family neighborhood more easily.

 

 

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