When you’re looking to purchase a new home, it’s about more than what’s inside that counts. While you can upgrade the features in your future home, a neighborhood’s culture is much more permanent.
Here are some options to determine whether or not your potential new neighborhood will meet your family’s wants and needs.
Do your research
Depending what your family’s looking for in a neighborhood, you may want to consider:
- School District Quality
- GreatSchools gives parents access to local school information and ratings.1
- Crime Rates
- AreaVibes offers comprehensive neighborhood data, including detailed crime rate information.2
- Walk Score evaluates how easy it will be to get around the neighborhood on foot.3
- Transportation Options and Traffic
- Google Maps can provide transportation options in and out of your new neighborhood, as well as traffic reports to gauge your future commute.
- Nearby Businesses and Amenities
- Yelp can help you see how locals and out-of-towners feel about local restaurants, entertainment venues and more.
Get first-hand knowledge
Set out to learn more about an area personally by:
- Checking out local businesses and talking to shop owners and nearby residents
- Browsing local news sites and blogs for reports on what’s happening in the neighborhood
Your home is at the center of your family, so make sure to protect it by making room for life insurance when purchasing a new house.