Location is everything! If you are in the market for a new home, whether it be in the current city you live in, or if you are looking to relocate elsewhere, there are plenty of factors to consider. Here is an excellent list of helpful questions and considerations to aide you in finding the perfect area for you.
Amenities - Think about what you need and want to have close by your home. Close proximity to amenities like groceries, schools, beaches, banking, salons, local coffee shops and dining establishments will enhance your living experience. Consider if you are you looking for a mostly walkable neighbourhood to drive your car less.
Commute - If you work out of the house, commuting is a very important factor! Take a test drive at the hours you would be heading to and from work. See how smooth the drive is, what traffic levels are and if the drive is something you can commit to week in and week out.
Costs - The affordability of where you will live plays a huge part in picking a neighbourhood. From the cost of a property and its annual taxes, to local amenity costs and the distance you have to go to acquire them, consider if a neighbourhood weighs in as cost-effective or too expensive for your current situation.
Safety - Are you going to feel safe where you live? Enquire about the crime rate of a neighbourhood and take the time to walk around with a companion during the day and night to see what your level of comfort is.
Who are your neighbours? Take a walk in the neighbourhood and chat with the people that live there, gauge if you fit into the scene and if you like what you see and hear. This is where you may live, so it’s important to feel like you can get along and align with some of the people that also live there.
Future Development - Find out from the city/town if there are any future development plans for the area. While it may be disruptive in the short-term, it may improve the neighbourhood and increase the value of the home in the long run, or potentially, not align with what you envision for where you want to live.
If you are in the market, I can help you find great homes, in great Shuswap neighbourhoods that meet both your needs and wants. Reach out today and let’s start your search for the perfect home, in the perfect location together.