Home Is Where the Heart Is:
Finding the Right Neighborhood for You
Congratulations! You are ready to buy a home. You’ve saved enough for a down payment, researched investment potential and pre-qualified. It has lots of closet space, an open floor plan, big yard, pool and it’s just the right size. But, wait! Before signing on the dotted line, consider this, is your perfect home in the right place for you?
Here’s a list that we at Florida Moving Systems, have found to be the top things to consider beyond the floor plan:
1) Consider your lifestyle today and tomorrow. Life is unpredictable and no one plans for a divorce or job loss but you can take realistic stock of your life’s wants and needs. You may, for example be single and enjoying nightlife while looking forward to marriage and children. Does the neighborhood you are interested in provide the entertainment options you want today while providing a family friendly environment down the road?
Be honest with yourself, if you don’t enjoy yard work and aren’t interested in cleaning gutter, repairs and maintenance, maybe you prefer a townhouse or condominium where for a monthly fee, those things are managed for you.
Also consider your proximity to loved ones. If you enjoy throwing regular dinner parties, for example, will your friends drive forty five minutes each way to visit you? If a family member regularly watches your children, are either of you willing to drive the distance to pick/drop off the kids?
2) Location, location, location. Take stock of places you frequent and potential drive times; particularly consider your morning and evening commute for work. Don’t just imagine it. It may be worth your while to take a day and drive the commute during rush hours. After you have unpacked the boxes is not the time to find out that you cannot endure the hour-long commute that includes various busy school zones, train crossings and bumper-to-bumper traffic!
3) Are you and your neighborhood a fit? Ask yourself these questions:
What if you enjoy sleeping in on Sunday mornings and you have a neighbor who religiously mows his lawn at 6am or the house is located near the airport or railroad tracks?
What if you enjoy your quiet and the neighborhood is filled with the sound of playing children every weekday afternoon and on Saturday mornings?
What if you are young and laid back and your neighbors are all retired seniors that watch every neighborhood movement?
What if you are moving into a deed restricted neighborhood and you have a camper, boat or regular visitors that violate the parking rules?
What if you have children and there are no other children in the neighborhood or the street is very busy so that children can’t venture outside to ride bikes or play ball?
Have you researched whether there are any public road works planned that will affect your quality of life or property values?
Will the streets flood during heavy storms and what is the drainage?
Have you checked the local demographics?
Do the neighboring homes look like they are kept and maintained as you would like?
Do your neighbors have unruly pets?
Here are some suggestions to help you with your research
- Drive around the neighborhood. Look for any neighbors that might be out and about and take the opportunity to introduce yourself; ask what it’s like to live there.
- Visit the neighborhood at different times of the day and the week. Observe what your senses pick up; watch the flow of movement for people and cars, listen for local traffic, the neighbors, wildlife and nearby public transportation, does the neighborhood match your overall aesthetic and does it feel like it could be home for a long time?
No question is wrong or too small! Do your research so that when you do sign on the dotted line, you know that there really is no place like home!
- Ask your realtor about the neighborhood, as well as nearby neighborhoods. You want to gather as much as information as you can about the surrounding areas as well.
For more tips or to discuss moving and storage needs call Florida Moving Systems, Melbourne today at (800) 283-6683 or visit www.flmove.com.