The Woodlands and Magnolia are filled to the brim with fabulous neighborhoods. But, how do you know which one is the perfect fit for you? Deciding where to buy a house is a big commitment and not one that should be taken lightly. Even if you don’t intend to stay in your new house for more than a few years, you should do your research before signing on the dotted line.
Home is where the heart is, and if your heart isn’t in love with your neighborhood, you might begin to regret your choice even if the actual house is just right. The old real estate adage “location, location, location” rings true for a reason! When beginning your new home search, do these five important things before you make your decision.
- Online research is not overrated. Scope out the ‘net for anything and everything you can find. Neighborhood Facebook groups, local police department crime reports, NextDoor, and even the community’s website will all give you invaluable information from the comfort of your couch. This information can help you narrow down your house search and save lots of time driving all over creation.
- Visit the neighborhood at all different times of the day. Go early morning and see how the school and commuter traffic is. Be sure to go in the evening and at night, too, so you can get a sense of safety and security.
- Use all five senses when visiting the community. Are there any terrible smells coming from the sewers? What about the noise? Is the house you’re looking at near a major highway or railroad track?
- Think about what you want from your neighborhood. If you have young children, look at splash pads, playgrounds and walking or biking trails. How far away is the school from the house you’re considering? If you have pets, look for a dog park or those convenient pet clean up stations posted along many pathways. Other things to consider are the location of grocery stores and other service shops you know you’ll need to frequent.
- Finally, consider the commute if you will be working outside of your home. Drive it during rush hour on different days of the week to really get a feel for if you can handle it.