Finding Your New Neighborhood

When searching for a new home, you want to make sure the new neighborhood is suitable for you and your needs.

After dark
Drive by the house you are interested in purchasing after dark. Park on your new potential street. Pay attention to the neighborhood for a few minutes to get a feel for what evenings may be like living there.

Upkeep | General Maintenance.
Property Value can spike and plummet depending on how the neighbors take care of their properties. Are the lawns groomed? Are the houses kept up and in good shape?

Neighbors
Make note of the kind of lifestyle your new neighbors have. Are their lifestyles compatible with yours?

Noise, Noise, Noise
Spend some time around your potential new neighborhood. How is the noise level? Is it too quiet for you, or too loud?

Weekend Traffic
Spend some time in your neighborhood on the weekend. Check noise levels, parking and the overall atmosphere of your street.

Elbow Room
Pay attention to how close you will be living in proximity to your neighbors. Do you share a fence, alley or driveway? Is there available guest parking?

Local Recreation and Shopping Center
Spend some time in your local park or shopping center nearest your house. Does it have all the services you usually need or are others nearby?

Say Hello
Don't be afraid to say hello and have a conversation with your potential neighbors. Get a first impression and ask them about the neighborhood.