Before kids, your choice of neighborhood probably came down to: can I afford it? Is it close to work?
Now that you have a family, schools, safety, and access to amenities are just the start. How do you know which is the best family neighborhood in your city?
We’ve got you covered. Below are six great things to consider when looking for a neighborhood for you and your family.
Consider Your Lifestyle Needs
Some families are outdoorsy and active, always on the go. For that reason, the heart of the city may not be the best neighborhood for your family. Other families prefer the variety of music lessons and sports teams offered downtown.
Knowing what your lifestyle requires or what you want to offer for your kids as they grow up is key. Maybe your child has certain medical needs that require you to be close to a hospital. Please make a list of your family needs and keep it handy as you research where to move.
Take Advantage of the Internet
Trust us; the internet is going to be your best friend during this process. There are a few ways you can use it to your advantage.
First, research schools that fall within the districts of your top choice neighborhoods. Look at their school assessments. You want to move to a place with schools at the same level or better than the ones your kids are attending now.
You can even tour each new house you find by looking into virtual tours. See what’s available in different parts of town.
Visit Your New Neighborhood or Town
Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, take a drive to those neighborhoods. Bring the whole family and spend a day walking around.
Visit the shops or local attractions to get a feel for what it’s like. Take a look at how clean the roads are and whether there are signs of vandalism.
Neighborhood visits can be extra useful in helping teenagers adjust to a new place. They can picture what their lives might be like, get a sense of how they’ll make new friends and what activities they’ll join.
Drive Through During Different Times of the Day
To get a true feel for the neighborhood when you visit, drive through it at different parts of the day. Morning traffic may be more than you’re willing to take on. All the theater, music, and sports activities may not start until 7 pm.
Contact the Local Police Department
Did you know you can research a neighborhood’s safety rating online? If you’d rather talk to someone in the know, you can also contact local police departments.
Local police can direct you to resources on crime statistics. Ask them for suggestions on neighborhoods with the highest safety ratings.
Evaluate Other Cost of Living Factors
Here’s where pesky things like income rates, gas prices, and commute times come into play. If you find a great new home that’s 45 minutes away, are you willing to spend more time and money commuting every day?
Is the minimum wage going to help your teens save for college or pay for gas? Are jobs growing and houses going up in value? Then you’re likely making a great investment.
Finding the Best Family Neighborhood
Don’t rush into your next move. The right home in the right location will be a place to make memories for years to come. Use these tips to feel confident that you’ve found the perfect family neighborhood.
So you’ve landed in the right neighborhood? Now you need to find the perfect house. To get started, contact one of our real estate agents.