CHOOSING THE RIGHT NEIGHBOURHOOD
Tuesday Nov 01st, 2016
Know-how for choosing your new neighbourhood
Are you moving? Knowing where you want to end up is a process loaded with decision making. Sometimes, moves can be fairly streamlined – a single person making a temporary move may have a short list of requirements, such as to stay within a budget, live near public transit routes and close to work and amenities. But usually, the “where to live question” is complex. How should you begin? The smart answer is to start with where you are now and determine what has worked and not worked.
Once you’ve assessed what you like about your home, do the same for your current neighbourhood. What has been very important to you? What have you been missing? Think about how your needs may change in the coming years and how long you plan to stay in your new home. Remember that it is rarely possible to recapture everything you love about your current location while adding on the complete contents of your wish list.
Fact gathering can be hugely helpful. Turn to friends, colleagues and relatives and then take your show on the road. Walk the neighbourhood and visit schools, police stations, libraries, parks and malls to get a feel for things, meet some people and ask questions. Read the local paper and go on-line to investigate facilities for hobbies and interests. At the top of your list should be finding an experienced, committed and knowledgeable real estate agent who will work hard on your behalf. A great place to start your search is by calling your local Real Estate Professional Denise Dilbey, Broker with Royal LePage Meadowtowne Realty, Brokerage.
Here are some items commonly included on checklists:
Child friendliness – Are there local schools or will your children require bussing or carpooling? Ask about schooling options. In some regions, school boards can provide statistics on comparative academic standards. Are there recreational activities, libraries, parks and child-care options? Look for bicycles, mini-vans, neighbourhood watch signs and basketball hoops as evidence of a child-friendly neighbourhood.
Property Values – By researching the selling prices of homes over time, you may get a sense of future trends. Your Realtor may be able to provide helpful data and point out any issues that could be worrisome. Also, consider how easily you may be able to sell later on, based on the features and location of a particular house.
Environment – Are there any air quality or other health and pollution issues in the area? Are there any landfill sites, municipal developments or odour problems? How are homes heated and are they generally fuel-efficient? Are there barking dogs, low flying planes or heavy traffic noises that might drive you indoors? Ask your real estate agent and neighbours about any known environmental, crime or safety issues in the area. Consider what your commute to and from work will be like and what plans there are for growth and change in the area.
In the end, the key is to feel that you’ve done your best and made an informed decision. And remember, life is an adventure that begins in your very own neighbourhood.
For more information, contact Denise Dilbey, Broker your real estate professional for Real Estate in Georgetown, Acton, Town of Halton Hills, Town of Caledon, Town of Erin and Country properties. #yourrealtorforlife 416.919.9802