Location, location, location: though often used for marketing condos and apartments, these words are also important for choosing the right place to live. It’s not just the house you’re buying but the neighbourhood and area around it. There are so many lovely regions of our beautiful City of Bridges to enjoy.
Here are five things I think you should consider when starting your search for the perfect place to purchase a new home:
How Much Space do You Need?
Some cities have a lot of land available but little in the way of amenities, while others have the exact opposite (and therefore higher prices). There are benefits to both types of locations—it’s up to you to decide which one is best for you. A real estate agent like me – Jeff Will – can help you find something suitable in either situation.
Think About Your Commute
If you’re renting and have a long commute time to work, why not consider moving closer? Instead of spending time on the bus or in a vehicle to get to work, you could find a place where you can walk or bike to work in less than ten minutes—and save money in the process as well!
Consider Your Lifestyle
What kind of activities do you like to do? Are you interested in skiing and snowboarding? Moving somewhere near the mountains could be a great choice for you. Do you prefer living in the city with access to restaurants, museums, and theatres?
Living downtown might be the right move for your lifestyle. Or maybe you like having space between you and your neighbours—if so, look for homes in quieter areas where there aren’t as many people around.
Safety and Security
A safe neighbourhood can be important in terms of property values and peace of mind. Consider the neighbourhood crime rate and look at local news reports to learn more about the area. Realtor.ca is a good resource for people looking at real estate in different places, especially if they are moving to a new town or city and are not familiar with their surroundings.
Schools and Education
If you have children or plan on having them in the future, school districts should be an essential consideration when looking at different options. Even if you don’t have kids, having top-notch schools nearby could improve property values in the years ahead.
I feel like the biggest mistake people make when selecting a new home is not considering the neighbourhood. The location of a house can be the key to its value. Indeed, you can improve the quality of a home by making changes, but you can’t change its location.
Buying a home is one of the biggest investments in life, so it’s important to consider various factors when looking for the right place for you and your family. To avoid buyer’s remorse, consider these five steps when choosing to buy your new home.