A large chunk of homebuyers consists of families or soon-to-be families looking for a new home to raise their kids in. If you're a parent -- or, indeed, if you're about to start a family with your loved one -- "location, location, location" is all the more paramount in the home-buying process. Make sure that your new neighborhood can provide for these things:
1. Safety & security
Safety and security are your top priority, for obvious reasons. When you're scouting a particular location, pay attention to the quality of the infrastructure around you. The homes should well-built and in good condition. The streets should be paved and equipped with pedestrian crossings, ample sidewalks, speed bumps, traffic lights, and street lights that make the neighborhood well-lit and easy to navigate at night. Don't hesitate to ask questions about local security provisions. You can head down to the local government office to inquire whether they provide roaming security units particularly after dark. Make sure that there is a nearby hospital, a fire station, and a police station, and that they're easily accessible from your new home.
2. A good school
Invest toward your children's future: look for a nearby school and check its standing, its facilities, and its curriculum. Even though boarding houses and dormitories are anoption, a good school close to home means that your kid/s can spend more time at home under your care.
3. Parks, playgrounds, and open spaces
Kids should be able to experience the outdoors. Look for parks, playgrounds, and open spaces designed for community recreation and activities in each location you're thinking of moving to. Outdoor activities, games, and being able to play with other kids have been proven to enrich children's creativity and social skills.
4. Accessibility to lifestyle needs
As with any real estate purchase, accessibility is a must: to be able to provide for and look after your own, you need convenient access and transportation options to lifestyle needs such as the market and your place of work. Make sure that you can drive or commute to and from work at this new location and that you have the amenities that you need on hand, like a daycare center, retail and dining options, and places of worship.