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3 Aug, 2021
BY The Lisa Mullins Team

Choosing a home is one of the biggest decisions that you and your family will ever make, and could have an impact on the friendships you and your kids develop, your child’s education and opportunities, and more. As you search for the perfect home, here are some tips for choosing the best neighborhood for your family.

  1. Consider Your Lifestyle and Need

One of the first things to think about when searching for a home is your lifestyle and your needs and means when buying a home. Some questions to ask yourself to help you understand where you’re looking to live and what home/neighborhood might be right for you include—

  • Do I have children or am I planning to have children? You may consider public school options and the age of other families in the neighborhood if so. 
  • Do I need to commute for work? If so, how far am I willing to commute? This is a personal decision that can impact your day-to-day life.
  • How big of a home do I really want? Some people have always dreamed of a big home; others prefer something smaller and more manageable. 
  • Do I want a newer home or an older home? Am I willing to do repairs and renovations? There are some people out there who love a fixer-upper; others want something that is in great condition and will last for years to come without attention. 
  • What do I want most in a community? What is my current community giving me or lacking? Do you currently live near a trail, and you know that’s something that you don’t want to sacrifice? Do you wish there was more green space, or more coffee shops, in your neighborhood? 
  • How much of a home can I afford? Of course, a deciding factor for any type of decision may come down to how much home you can actually afford. 
  1. Use the Internet

To help you find a home that meets your lifestyle needs, the internet is your best friend. In addition to looking at sites that have homes for sale, use Google maps and various blogs and review sites to read about the neighborhoods you’re considering. This is a great way to pick up some information before actually going to a neighborhood in person. 

  1. Visit, Visit, and Visit Some More

Take time to actually go and see any neighborhoods you’re considering in person. The more you see them, the better. Visit during different times of the day, and consider walking or biking around to get a better feel of what’s actually going on, how long it will take you to get from your potential new home to your child’s school or the coffee shop on the corner, etc. This also gives you the opportunity to interact with residents. 

  1. Work with a Qualified Realtor 

The most important thing that you can do when choosing a neighborhood for your family is to work with a local, qualified realtor. A realtor can provide you with insider information about the neighborhood and help you find the perfect home for you. 

Call The Lisa Mullins Team Today

To learn more about choosing the best home for your family and how our local realtors can provide you with the knowledge and information that you need to make a decision, call our realtors directly today or send us a message at your convenience. We are here for you.

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