Helm’s Sunday Guide: I meet many people who are moving from one neigbhourhood to another. Whether they are resizing to a smaller home or looking to purchase their first home, they all have one question in common, “is this the right neighborhood for us?” With all the excitement of shopping for a home, how can you know for sure if a neighborhood is truly great and the one for you and your family? Check out a few of my tips below that may help you determine if you have chosen the right neighbourhood for you.
You will get a feel for a neighbourhood by attending open houses, walking the neighborhood, spending time in their restaurants and coffee shops. Have your eye on a specific property? Knock on doors and chat with neighbors on that street. Ask everyone who’ll talk with you about the noise, traffic, any neighborhood issues. People will share their thoughts!
As the weather gets nicer, look for activity that shows owners are keeping up with maintaining their homes like new gutters, painting, gardening and landscaping, new fences and decks tell you they have pride in their homes.
Are there people sitting on their porches? Walking dogs? Taking their kids on a walk? If residents are willing to get out and walk around the neighborhood, that’s a good sign the neighbourhood is lively and safe.
Revisit the neighbourhood in the evening, weekdays and weekends, to get a true picture.
A great neighborhood sells a home. It also helps your home hold value and makes it easier to sell if you decide to move. Have questions about a specific neighbourhood? Want more tips on choosing a neighborhood? Ask Janet!
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