Thursday, October 30, 2014

Is It a Good Neighborhood?

Get to know the locale before you commit to a new home. Location is just as important as the house for sale. No one wants to live in a bad neighborhood. Aside from concerns to one’s well-being, a less than ideal locale will devalue your property over time.

See to the following before you move in:

Basic needs

Choose a neighborhood that’s equipped with what you need for the life that you lead. Your daily essentials should be well within reach. A good school, for instance, if you have kids; modern amenities if you live a dynamic lifestyle. A grocery store or a market; a park or open communal spaces; fitness centers, retail complexes – consider what you can’t live without. Atmosphere is also key. A downtown setting should do well for individuals who like urban activity. A gated suburban enclave should suit others yet who prefer the laidback and communal atmosphere.

Transportation

Your neighborhood should also provide for easy access to and from establishments you frequent, such as your place of work, the market, the school, the mall, or the park. Test this out with your car or by using the public transportation in the area – additionally, do this during rush hour to gauge traffic congestion, if any. Consider 
how far and how much you will be spending on transportation given the location.

Safety and security

Look up the neighborhood in the news. Search news outlets, both local and national, and print and online, for anything related to the area. A number of reported crimes should tip you off as to its safety. Visit the neighborhood at night to see whether the streets are well-lit.

Fault lines

Similarly, look up the area on a fault zone map, available on government and weather bureau websites. Major fault lines beneath the neighborhood are not quite the ideal, to say the least.

Elevation

A low-lying area or one that’s close to a body of water might be a frequent victim to flood, especially during the rainy season. There’s no better source than the locals themselves. Look to your potential new neighbors for some information. Ask whether there’s any flooding and, additionally, any power outages that occur in the area.

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