4 Key Factors in Selecting a House
When you move into your new home, you will make it uniquely yours by adding personal touches, creating special memories, and completing home improvements and repair projects. While some aspects of home selection will be specific to your family’s needs due to age, mobility, and challenges faced by the occupants, four key factors influence most buyers in the house selection process. The areas you do not want to overlook are:
Is your dream home within your budget now?
Will its value be positively affected by planned construction, rail or road improvements, or zoning changes?
Quality of the neighborhood
Is your home in a desirable location?
Are homes well maintained?
Is the atmosphere peaceful, without traffic and construction noise?
Is there an active neighborhood watch group?
Do neighbors gather for community events?
Are the services you desire-stores, medical facilities, schools, restaurants, parks, libraries, and entertainment-nearby?
Proximity to work and family/friends
Is the actual rush-hour drive time to your place of employment acceptable to you?
Are you as close as you desire to family and friends?
Does this location give you multiple route options in case of an accident?
Is public transportation available?
Are there safe bike paths for those who desire alternative transportation?
Is your proposed route free of added transportation costs like turnpike or bridge tolls?
Excellence of the school district
Are class sizes reasonable?
Are test scores better than average?
Do the schools currently offer the programs you want?
Will special needs be accommodated without a court battle?
Do most students graduate? Do a high percentage go on to college?
Take time now to ask yourself these questions. The more times you answer yes, the more satisfied you and your family will be in a particular location. The look and feel of a house and property will play a unique part in your home selection process but affordability, the quality of the neighborhood, proximity to work and family/friends, and the excellence of the school district will help you pick the right neighborhood for you.