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  • Writer's pictureJeff Schultheis

Top 5 Considerations When Choosing a Neighborhood

The words "location, location, location" are always one of the most important criteria for buyers. Which neighborhood is among the most important decisions you'll make while looking for a home. Price, value, or your life quality

are all impacted by location.

If you're moving or simply updating to a dream building, it could be challenging to determine where to live with many beautiful areas to choose between. So how can you select the ideal town neighborhood for you and your family? Although cost and appearance are frequently at the forefront of homebuyers' lists, we will suggest that there will be numerous other crucial factors that should be taken into consideration in addition to making the best choice for you.

Spend time investigating each community you're considering and note any advantages and conveniences nearby. Next, you must decide how much further you are ready to go for daily comforts such as supermarkets or shops, gas stations, medical services, or if the community is more rural or suburban. Here are a few things to consider when exploring your ideal location if you're unsure what to search for in a neighborhood.

1. Community Safety

When seeking to purchase a home, security is crucial, particularly when you have kids. To assist you in determining if an area seems secure or not, consider the following factors:

Crime stats - Every location can occasionally have criminal behavior, do not let this deter you from looking in certain places. But, if you examine the municipal website for crime complaints or get in touch with local police enforcement and see a wide variety of activities, it might be a warning sign.

Street lighting - Having enough street lighting may make an area feel safer. Good lighting deters crime.

Speak to the residents - If you notice someone raking leaves, mowing the yard, or just getting the mail, introduce yourself and mention that you might be considering relocating there. You can ask the locals if they believe the neighborhood is safe.

It's worth spending hours in a community you're considering.

2. Market dynamics and accessibility

For most purchasers, choosing a product ultimately boils down to cost and making a trade-off to achieve the best value. Although purchasing a home requires a significant commitment, it also is a highly personal choice. Property is frequently among the essential expenditures a person will ever make. To better grasp market dynamics and property prices, it's critical to research each neighborhood. Is there an availability of the following?

● River, lake, or parks

● pathways for biking and walking

● Hospitals or clinics

● Universities

● a convenient shop or a gas station

● a supermarket

● stores

● cafés and dining establishments

● Entertainment

● Possible noise pollution

When considering moving to a new location, it's crucial to consider the local amenities that will impact your satisfaction. It would be best if you had a place that is both handy and comfortable. Consider how entertaining this area may appear if you enjoy doing so.

Additionally, life without food, medicine, or toiletries would be impossible. If ease is essential to you, you might want to think about picking a location near to where you'll be doing most of your shopping if you're gazing at a remote community.

Draw a map showing the area's location concerning the closest supermarket, department, and drugstores. Are they easily accessible nearby? Or are you going to detest organising a shopping trip? And make sure you research the shops you like. The reality that these businesses are all on your route to/from a job, education, or a childcare facility, even if they are not nearby, may influence your choice.

Another point is affordability. Finding out whether local property prices are rising, falling, or remaining stable can be made more accessible by dealing with a local realtor. Are there a bunch of new constructions nearby?

When you've made your mind up and have a complete sense of your short & long objectives, this will mean the selection procedure is much more doable. Finding the perfect neighbourhood may be a good act of giving and taking.

Does this seem appropriate to you if you enjoy children, animals, and plenty of activity? Do you favor solitude and calm areas? Does this property meet those criteria? Some individuals also understand the necessity for flora, trees, and freshwater. Consider what gives you and your family the happiest and most essential lifestyle.

3. School District

Locating a well-performing school district many people consider when searching for the ideal place to live, regardless of whether you intend to have children soon, you just got your baby, or you currently have a few children in school. What factors make a local school "outstanding" or "bad"?

Test results and statistics - The performance of a particular school system concerning the national median may be determined by looking at statewide test results.

Programming: As some parents, school programming might be important. Whether your child excels in various subjects, you might want to check to see whether the area you are contemplating provides Advanced Placement (AP) programs or university courses that can be used to a degree after school.

Extracurricular pursuits - Does your kid particularly enjoy composing or acting in musical theatre? Is there a newspaper at the school? Again, choosing a region that supports your kids' hobbies and skills will contribute to their development.

Sports - You could believe that all public schools provide high school sports, a swimmers team, and a strong soccer program. However, the area you're considering may be underfunded or too limited to provide some sports. So, check again to see what sports activities they offer.

PTO - Whether you value open lines of communication and collaboration between parents and teachers, determine if the school has a PTO / PTA. Does one? How many people take part in the activity? When do they get together? What subjects are covered once they do get together? Is it a friendly and open gathering?

4. Travel time

How do you intend to go around? Question yourself. Do you commute to/from your workplace and other destinations by car, foot, or public transit? Most purchasers, particularly those who reside in metropolitan areas with heavy traffic problems, consider how long it will take them to travel to/from their jobs and their children's schools. How much time per week are you prepared to spend driving or commuting?

Think about how the length of your journey will impact your life quality. For example, would it interfere with time spent with loved ones, or do the advantages of living in a community requiring a more extended trip outweigh the drawbacks?

Given that fuel costs are well above $3 per gallon, gas usage should be considered. You added 36 miles to excessive wear on the vehicle and far more petrol to your total expenses if you commute to/from the office and you recently relocated 18 miles away from your employer (even if it was for a magnificent home, you've ever set eyes on).

Nevertheless, there are many other ways to go to work, including the municipal bus. Therefore, if you decide to use public transit, be sure that your new area makes it simple for you to do so. Also easily accessible, a new place frequently necessitates a different route, lengthening your transit time or necessitating several transfers, forcing you to get up a bit earlier or making you anxious if you arrive late to the office.

5. Lifestyle

Be sure to consider your necessities and way of life when you first start looking for a home. Will the community support your existing style of living (or anything you want to)? Even if you can develop an affection for a house, if the area doesn't suit your needs, it could lead to unhappiness with your choice.

It's beneficial to have at minimum a broad understanding of your beliefs, needs, and objectives before you make your purchase. For example, are you seeking an urban, rural, or off location? Do you prefer quiet time above getting in the thick of things or the other way around? Do you currently have kids, and if so, do you intend to soon? Examine your daily schedule and note the activities that bring you joy, the ones you could survive without, as well as the ones you really cannot.

Your lifestyle goals will likely be the main deciding factor in selecting an area or carving it up to a short list of contenders after the price range.

You will have to explore the neighborhood a little to find these answers. Since you don't live there, it may be challenging to get to ask the areas, but you may take specific proactive measures to become more familiar with the place. Various day or weekend schedules should be used to traverse the area. This explains what occurs and the kind of activities you might anticipate.


The same qualities that attract people to a community can also raise costs for (or prices of) properties. If this occurs to you when you are looking for a property, you might need to stand aside and reconsider your strategy. Favoring the "must-haves" when looking for a property can make the decision-making process simpler afterwards. Along with working with your agent, you must learn about the local housing market's level of competition.

When it's the house you want, realise that based on your chosen neighborhood, you may pay the same price for entirely different homes. Try to pinpoint the features of the property that you desire. Be sure to spend your time looking, do not be shy about asking questions, talking to locals, and driving about the neighbourhood. When taking a significant decision, such as where to purchase a home, you would like to feel secure and at ease. Throughout your home-buying journey, ensure to have upfront, honest talks with individuals you believe, like your relatives or your agent. Once you decide, they can assist you in setting reasonable expectations and provide advice and perspectives.

The JS Realtor Team is so committed to serving our clients through-out the process. We are here to make the home buying experience one that preserves the excitement but sheds the anxiety. We provide clear guidance and advice to help you find the right home, at the right price, in the right neighborhood. Download our FREE Buyers Guide and connect with us today! Text/Call Jeff at 614.721.0450 or email Offices in Columbus & Mansfield to serve Mid-Ohio.

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