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May 12, 2015

How to Choose the Best Neighbourhood for YOU!

When buying a new home there is a flood of decisions that you need to make- how many bedrooms, how many bathrooms, yard space, garage etc. What sometimes gets overlooked in the house hunt is one of the most important aspects of home-choice, the neighbourhood. 

How do you decide on a neighbourhood? How much should the neighbourhood be a factor in your decision to buy a new home?  Before you begin weighing your options you must think about yourself first.

Choose a Community that Suits Your Lifestyle

Step ONE
Evaluate your Lifestyle

First you need to determine what you are looking for in a home. Think about some things you couldn't live without. Do you want a large yard, or do you need to be close to downtown? Maybe you want to live in an older home and fix it up, or you're looking for more modern convenience. Finding out what it is you want that will suit your lifestyle the best is the perfect way to start considering this.

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Step TWO
Use the Internet- Research

Finding out about a community is so easy to do when you take it online. Social Media can be a great way to gain a sense of understanding about what's going on day to day in any given area. Checking Facebook for

groups, forums for reviews and reflections, the community website if one exists. These are all excellent ways to get a genuine feel for a community before making a decision.Finding out about a community is so easy to do when you take it online. Social Media can be a great way to gain a sense of understanding about what's going on day to day in any given area.
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Step THREE
Check the Area out During Different Times of the Day.


Explore New Neighbourhood at Different Times of DayIf you're constantly looking at a community during the afternoon when everything is sunny and beautiful that is the only perspective you will have of the area. What if the crime rates in the area are high and at night the neighbourhood has a whole different feel? You do not want to be regretting your decision the first evening you spend in a neighbourhood, do you? Doing this also gives you a great indication of noise levels in the area. Different times of the day can have different noise levels, and it is best to know before you move in what to expect in this department.

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Step FOUR
Get to Know your Neighbours.
Getting to know your potential neighbours can have a valuable payoff. Ask the real questions you want answered like "are people happy here?", "are the local amenities sufficient?", "What are the next door neighbours like? Are they friendly?" Knowing this information can be extremely important as you do not want to be stuck living next door to someone you won't get along with.

Know your Neighbours in Alberta Small Towns

These lesser known strategies for deciding where to buy your next home can be invaluable to your next big decision. Knowing you found the perfect place in the end is well worth the research. Best of luck finding the perfect home for you!

 

 

 

 

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