05 Sep Choosing The Right Community
Choosing The Right Community To Move To
Finding a community to live in is as important as the home you’re planning to buy. Many home-buyers choose to look at communities that suit their needs and preferences before finding homes to buy. Below are a few things you may consider when choosing the right community for you and your family.
Distance to Work
Your quality of life may be affected by the amount of time you spend going to and from work. You may have your own vehicle, but it’s also a good thing to have access to public transport like the subway, bus lines, or commuter rail. If you choose to live farther from the city, your commuting options may be limited.
Most people would consider affordability a major factor when choosing a neighborhood and, subsequently, a home. However, this criteria is a variable as one may get a bigger home in a certain community, or may choose to live in an expensive community yet choose to purchase a smaller home.
Safety is always important when moving to a new community. However, options may be limited if you choose to live in a city, which usually has a higher crime rate than a suburban community. Moreover, not everyone can afford to reside in the safest neighborhood.
Many families may sacrifice affordability and home size just to have access to the best schools for their children. On the other hand, couples with no children may find that looking for a community may be much easier if they don’t prioritize school systems.
Sphere of Influence
This criteria means access to the people with whom you interact regularly. You don’t want to spend too much time on the road driving to friends’ gatherings or going to your sister’s or mother’s house. Your quality of life will certainly improve if you choose a community near your sphere of influence and support system.
If you want to enjoy a quieter life, you may want a smaller and less condensed community. If you’re a culture vulture, you may want to live in a major urban area. A busy suburb will have establishments and facilities to address your needs, while a small community may require you to travel a few towns away just to get the basics.
Access to Healthcare
This criteria applies to retirees who want to be near medical facilities and doctors. This also applies to a household member who’s suffering from an illness or physical disability and needs easy access to a medical facility.
Depending on your circumstances, access to your doctors and good hospitals can affect your choice of the community you’re moving to.