Finding a neighborhood that is a good fit for you and your family can be difficult. A recent article by U.S. News offers a few quick tips for prospective homebuyers. From getting a feel for your neighbors to researching public services, these bits of advice are great to have in mind when looking for your next place to call home.
1. Imagining your ideal neighborhood
Sure it sounds simple, but knowing specifics about what you want from your surrounding area can really make a difference.
2. Look at Public Services
Don’t forget to keep an eye out for how well parks are maintained and how clean the streets are. Poorly maintained public areas are often a sign that a neighborhood is struggling financially.
3. Look at Schools
Even if you do not have children schools are important. If you decide to sell your home, there is a good chance potential buyers will be interested in the quality of the school district, so be sure to do your homework about local schools.
4. Examine Clues
From abundant ‘For Sale’ signs to closing businesses in town, there are plenty of clues that can indicate how a neighborhood is fairing through the rough economy.
5. Talk to People
Neighbors and locals can be the best source for information on an area, so be sure to pick their brain. Not to mention some of these people may be your neighbors for years to come, so it certainly can’t hurt to get to know them early.
Full U.S. News article available here.