I will never forget the moment I had to leave my parents’ house and live on my own. I was moving abroad, so I wanted everything to be perfect. Paperwork, flights, last-minute shoppings… and, of course, my new home. The place where I would be spending the next few months. I had some requirements about how I wanted it to be: cheap, well-located, secure… and the neighborhood played an important part in my decision.
Dedicating some time to think about what I valued in a neighborhood led me to a place that really made a difference during my stay in that city. Now that the time has passed, I would like to share with you the things I researched when I had to look for my new neighborhood so you can find the best one for you!
One of the first things to take into account is how much you are willing to pay. If you have a tight budget, don’t lose time searching mansions in the richest neighborhood in the city. Check the cheapest areas and which the prices per square meters are. At Trovit we have already done it to make it easier for you. Just enter our website, choose your country and the Homes section and click on the area below the search bar to find this information.
The environment of a neighborhood can vary day and night, weekday and weekend. So, if you really want to “feel” how it would be to live in that area, you should plan to visit it at all times. Check out traffic patterns, noise during rush hours, if it is dangerous to walk around at night, or if there’s a lot of pollution due to factories nearby.
Also, take a look at what Internet says about it. Nowadays there’s information about everything! Try with Facebook groups, forums, magazines… You’ll be surprised of what you can find!
Ask yourself what you value the most in your lifestyle. Do you prefer quieter areas? Are you a person who likes going everywhere on foot? Do you give a lot of importance to nightlife? For example, if you don’t mind walking you can get a good deal in the surroundings. However, if you prefer to live close to restaurants, shops, medical centers, cinemas… you may prefer a centric location. In this article you will find how to choose between size or location for your new home.
Researching the quality of the schools is a good way to get an idea of the “value” of the neighborhood. If you have kids (or you’re thinking about having) you may want to dig deeper and get more information to make sure you choose the best option for your child. If you don’t have, knowing if you have good schools nearby will help you in case you’re looking to finance your property in the future.
Either if you’re a parent, live alone or usually arrive late, you must be aware of the crime rate in your area. Of course, no one wants to live in a neighbourhood which is known because its high crime rates! If you’re new in the city, you might not know which areas are the most dangerous ones. A quick Google research will give you an idea about burglary, thefts, rape or assaults. Otherwise, you can try one of these tools to find out the crime rate per area. Be prepared and avoid unpleasant surprises!
Public transport connection
Apart from being close to what you value, you should also check the neighborhood transit routes. For example, how far you can get on public transport in 30 minutes or how extensive the bike paths are. If you have to take the bus everyday and the station is half an hour walking you might consider moving closer. If you usually travel by car, this won’t be an issue for you.
Use Google Maps to know if a neighborhood has a good transport connection. Just zoom in to see the bus or train stations and click on them to get more information about transit options on these specific locations.
Have a walk in the neighborhood!
Last but not least, all the data in the world can’t replace what you actually feel as well as your personal experiences. Go for a long walk (or a few) and see and “live” the place by yourself. Take a stroll among the streets, drive through the neighborhood, talk with the locals… First impressions matters, and it is really important that you feel part of the neighborhood you may soon calle home!
And you? What do you think it is the most important things to consider in a neighborhood? Share your thoughts in the comment box below!