Whether you’re changing countries, cities or streets, moving is a big deal. Once you’ve narrowed it down to the city you’ll be living in, there are some definite things to consider before settling down in one spot. It all boils down to one question: what do you look for in a neighborhood? Take a look at our list of some of the most important points to consider!
Ask an Expert
There are two people you should consult with when searching for a new home: a mortgage expert and a real estate agent. Both professionals will sit down with you and ask to hear about your goals and hopes for the future because they want to find you your dream home.
A mortgage expert will tell you what’s feasible based on your income, expenses and lifestyle, while a real estate agent will show you a variety of potential neighborhoods and counsel you along the way.
Consider asking yourself:
- What kind of home are you looking for? Single detached, duplex, townhouse, or apartment?
- What kind of neighbors are you looking for? Families, singles, professionals, couples, or retirees?
- What is important to you in a neighborhood? Good schools? Shopping? Great restaurants?
Transportation is a huge deciding factor when searching for the right neighborhood. Regardless of how reliant you are on public transportation, it never hurts to live in an area that has a variety of public transit methods. Some popular ones include bike lanes, trains, buses and the metro.
If children are involved, you'll likely be considering the educational facilities nearby.
- Do you need daycares and preschools?
- Do you need an institution with after school programs because you work late?
- Do you need day camps in the summer because you can’t get time off work?
- How old are your children and what grade are they in? Do they need elementary, high school or post secondary education?
Your answers to these questions will help you sift through communities more efficiently.
Restaurants, nightlife, shopping malls, grocery stores—the list goes on and on! A family with young children would do well to find a home near a school, park, or recreational center, whereas a young, professional couple may prefer living downtown. Find a neighborhood that suits your needs and your lifestyle.
Every city has something different to offer in terms of recreation:
- Summer activities: cycling, golfing, sailing, hiking, canoeing
- Winter activities: skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, tobogganing
- If you love nature: parks, beaches, pools and gardens
- If you prefer the indoors: community centers, theaters, art galleries and museums
- Does your neighborhood have any fun festivals, fair, live music, concerts, or sporting events?