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9 Things to Consider When Choosing a Neighborhood

by CustomHomes on Thursday, June 22, 2017

choosing a neighborhood - aerial view of neighborhoodLooking for a place to build a new home can be a daunting experience. Especially if you are a first-time home builder. One of the toughest things to consider when choosing where to build a new home is the neighborhood you want to live in. Hopefully, the aspects we discuss will help you have a better understanding of your needs and will help you in choosing a neighborhood for your new home.

School Districts

If you are planning on having children, or already have children, you may want to consider the local school district when choosing a neighborhood. A school should offer their budget meeting schedules along with pertinent information about the school’s funding or their allocation of finances. You should also take note of the school’s location in relation to your potential new home. Then you can find out possible walking or bus routes. You can also find a way to pick up and drop children off safely.

Possibly the most important aspect of a school district is how it enriches the lives of its students. What are the teachers like? Where did they get their degrees and certifications? What are a few examples of class curricula? All these questions need to be answered about school districts before building a home in the area; especially before leaving your children under their care.

Crime Statistics

Download a “crime watch” app to use on the spot when visiting a possible build location, or walking through a neighborhood you’re interested in. Most apps offer honest evaluations and testimonials that give you a chance to learn about the neighborhood quickly and easily.

You should also look at police logs in the local newspapers. Then you will have clear, unbiased reporting about what happens in the town.

Looking at the crimes committed in your potential new neighborhood will help you make an educated, and safe, decision about where to build your new home.

Population

The population of the community is important to consider. Whether you want to live in a thriving metropolis, a quiet suburb, or a peaceful rural area, you will need to learn about the population to gauge what to expect.

If you wish to live in a city or town center, it is best to live in the quieter historical neighborhoods. Building or redeveloping a home here will give you more options for errands, nightlife, and career opportunities. They will also be less likely to have pervasive noise or potent smells, unlike more urban areas.

Building in a modern neighborhood is simpler than building or remodeling in a historic neighborhood. There will be less to fix upon moving in, and less to stress over throughout your time in the home.

Before deciding on a population, try spending a day in each neighborhood to see how it feels. You will be glad you did.

Remember Your First Impression

When you first set foot on the property, you will have a distinct first impression. While you should consider the whole plot before making a decision, always keep the first impression in the back of your mind. It may come in handy while making the final choice of where to build your new home. It may also save you from building a home in an area you will hate down the road.

Talk to Future Neighbors

A fantastic way to learn about the community is to talk to the people that currently live there. Talk to your potential new neighbors, and ask them what they like and dislike about the neighborhood. Ask about local activities and recreation centers. This will give you an accurate gauge of where you’ll be building, and you will have, hopefully, already made a few friends in the neighborhood.

Listen to the Neighborhood

Is it noisy? Is it quiet? Is it constantly bustling? Find out before building the home in order to avoid any surprises. While a neighborhood can be quiet and peaceful during the day, that isn’t always the case at night. Be sure to learn when the quiet hours are in the community, what the neighbors are like, and how busy the traffic can be.

Your Commute

Planning your daily commute is a vital part about where to build a new home. Then you will be able to find the best way to and from your new home without any confusion or stress. You should also be sure to research the main roads that you will be taking. Doing so will help you learn the fastest or most direct route so you will not be stuck in traffic or lose your way.

Amenities

When searching for a place to build your new home, take a look at where grocery stores, gas stations, parks, hospitals, and restaurants are located. After looking at the plot, drive around a few of the blocks, or the town it is in, to find all of your necessary amenities. If it lacks more than two, it may be time to look for a different property location. Not having the necessities close by makes life more difficult for some.

Taxes and Other Expenses

One of the most important aspects you will want to research is local taxes and other possible expenses. If you do not research these before building your home, then hidden expenses and high tax percentages may surprise you. Be sure to research the district in which you may be building, and discuss the possibilities with your accountant. He or she will be able to give you sound advice.

Even though there is much to consider before building your new home, doing so methodically and completely will give you insight as to which neighborhood is best for your new home and why.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com