You’ve narrowed your search for a new home in Brooklyn down to two selections. You love both homes equally, but you do not know how to make the final decision. There are many categories that will play into your final decision if you consider everything carefully. Under each category, please decide what is most important to you. The home that has the most positive attributes, then, should be your final choice.
Consideration #1: The Schools
The public schools that your children will go to are very important. However, you cannot just check test scores. You need to go to the school, take a tour and peek in some classrooms. All that glitters is not gold, and you will thank yourself for checking out each school thoroughly.
Consideration #2: The Neighbors
If your dream home is in a neighborhood filled with crazy people, it will no be your dream home for very long. You are wise to visit a few neighbors and talk to them. Drive through the neighborhood, ask about how the community works and decide if you like the people you will live near.
Consideration #3: Traffic
Your dream home could be off the beaten path, but it will not be a dreamy home if you cannot get anywhere because of traffic. The entrance and exit of a neighborhood can easily turn into a bottleneck. Check to see what the traffic is like in the area before you make a decision.
Consideration #4: Local Crime Rates
No one wants to live in a neighborhood that is crime-ridden. However, the neighborhoods around your dream home could be more dangerous than you realize. Checking local crime rates helps you to decide if you are too close to where crime happens. Also, checking up on vandalism and petty crimes in the neighborhood itself is wise. You will not want to live in a neighborhood where kids that live there are breaking into cars and vandalizing homes.
Consideration #5: Amenities
If your dream home is in a neighborhood with no pool, tennis court or playground, you might want to look elsewhere. The home that is equally nice that has a pool, tennis court and playground nearby is more attractive to your kids. Plus, your grandkids will be able to play there one day soon.
Consideration #6: The Property
When you look at a house, you may forget to check out the land. You do not want old trees that sway at the slightest wind. You do not want non-traditional grass in your yard. You do not want a lawn that back up to a nosy neighbor. Plus, you do not want a lawn that you could not possibly take care of.
Going through each of the six considerations above will point you in the right direction when purchasing a new home. Take each consideration to heart, and you can make a decision after some thought.