We all think that the most important things to find out about when moving house are related to the house itself. For instance, you will certainly need to know the asking price, and it’s also a good idea to get a survey so that you can uncover any potential issues with the house’s structure. But is that really all that you need to know?

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It’s also a good idea to research the house’s surrounding area as well as you can, especially if you are moving to a completely new region and don’t know much about the various different neighborhoods. After all, this is where you will be living for a few years to come, hopefully, so you will want to make sure that you end up in an area in which you feel completely settled.

 

Thankfully, you can a lot of neighborhood research online these days, making it a lot more convenient for those of you who are moving long distances. However, if possible, it is always best to try and visit a potential neighborhood in person so that you can get a feel for what it would be like to permanently live there.

 

So, what exactly should you find out about a neighborhood that you might end up moving to? Here are some key points that you should look into.

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Schools

 

If you have kids or are planning on having some anytime soon, you should make the effort to look into the local schools. You will probably have to choose one to send your kids to before you move in and, in some cases, you will have to apply for them to go there. But before you do that, you need to find out which will be the best for your children. It’s easy enough to find the average grades and teaching standards of each school online, and it’s also worth looking at message forums, such as Mumsnet, to see if you can find any reviews from parents who already send their kids there. It’s also worth contacting the local educational board or council as they will be able to send you a brochure about each school, which should give you an overview of all the information and data you need to know.

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Proximity To Amenities

 

Each neighborhood should have its own key amenities, such as supermarkets, banks, and gyms. However, they might not all have their own hospitals, doctors surgeries or hairdressers. There might also not be quite as many entertainment facilities, such as cinemas, bowling alleys, and restaurants, in the immediate vicinity. So, you need to take all of these into consideration. Do you absolutely need to be so close to all of these amenities and entertainment facilities? If not, then you won’t mind moving into a neighborhood that is very residential and doesn’t feature quite so many of them. However, if you believe that it might be a problem, you might only want to look at houses on neighborhoods that have lots of amenities within easy reach of all residents.

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Crime

 

A lot of prospective home buyers are very interested in the crime rates of all the neighborhoods they look for properties in. After all, no one wants to inadvertently move to an area that suffers from extremely high rates of crime – there is no way that will be the best place for your family to live. So, while you are considering your shortlist of potential neighborhoods, it’s a good idea to disregard any that have above-average crime rates. It’s possible to find out the exact rates by checking the local police station’s website. Most websites will give you a detailed breakdown of criminal activity and incidents that have occurred over the past few years.

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Public Transport Links

 

Next, it’s a good idea to think about a neighborhood’s public transport links, even if you have your own family car. Good public transport links will help you feel a lot more connected to the rest of the town and city. Plus, it will encourage you to leave your car at home a lot more often, which will be better for your budget and for the environment. Not only that, though, but it will give your kids a lot more independence once they hit their teenage years and they won’t rely on you for lifts around town so much. And it will save them a whole lot of cash on taxis once they start going on nights out with their friends.

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Communication Capabilities

 

Did you know that not every neighborhood will have as good mobile and internet connectivity as some of the others in the same town or city? Unfortunately, it’s true. So, there is no point just assuming that your new home will have brilliant internet or cell phone reception. In fact, it could be quite a bit worse than what you are used to! If you work from home all the time, or even just a few days a week, this is obviously going to cause you some problems. Thankfully, you should be able to check a property’s current connectivity even before you are moved in. You just need to go onto an internet or cell phone providers website and enter in the address. Most offer this function and, once you have entered in the address, the site will tell you how fast the internet will be and how good the 4G in the area is.

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Future Building Plans

 

There’s nothing better than moving into a home that has a pleasant view out of its back window. But imagine how disappointed you would be if someone built a house or a housing development right out your back. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to stop this if the plans have already been passed. But, you can find out exactly what is planned to be built close to a potential home by looking online at recent planning permission applications.

 

Remember all of the points above, and you will be able to find the perfect neighborhood for you and your family.

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15 comments on “Everything You Need To Research About A Potential New Neighborhood”

  1. As someone who doesn’t have a car, proximity to public transit and stores is a must! My husband and I actually moved when bus service was slashed due to the building of a rail line because we could no longer get anywhere!

  2. The last point – future building plan is especially true when you want to buy a property in a fast developing city like Singapore. There are so much going on here literally in 5 years time the unblocked view that you purchased could become somebody’s building. Always check the city master plan first before purchasing!

  3. This is such a good article and I wish I would have found it sooner! There’s so many things to think about when moving that it becomes overwhelming. This is a great resource to help remember all the important things

  4. It’s good to research about this especially if it’s a place where you plan to build your family. I think these are all important factors to consider as well.

  5. In the past I have changed a few houses, but this is not the case for ten years now. For the last one, what actually took mostly in consideration was parks and kindergardens and to be in a peaceful neightborhood. Thank you for the tips !

  6. You make very excellent points of key things a prospective homeowner should be looking for. I am building a new home and these were many points I considered before signing the contract.

  7. We have been planning to shift our house and believe me, these are all the points we have been looking at, proximity to basic amenities, school, crime rate and locality. We have also been focussing on parking areas for the cars.

  8. I totally agree with you. As what HGTV says location, location, location… Top on my list is a good school district and low crime rate. Thanks for your sharing and really great post!

  9. Wow some amazing resources on what new buyers should be considering when they’re looking to buy. I love the tip on checking the police station for accurate crime rates.

  10. For us, schools and proximity to amenities would be our top priority, as I don’t want long drives just to go to the supermarket and pay utilities. Thankfully, we live in the city center where everything is accessible. :d

  11. You have excellent points and tips in this post and I like everything that you’ve said about this article. Those are the things that we need to know before buying a house.

  12. A great list for new home buyers and great reminders for existing homeowners looking to move. Thank you!

  13. there are some serious great tips 🙂 by best friend is looking for a house and sent her the article and she was very happy bout it

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