I’m sure you’ve heard the saying ‘good fences make good neighbours’ – Robert Frost certainly hit the nail on the head with that one. And whilst it may seem like an oxymoron, and whilst every situation is different in every case, it does highlight the need to look around carefully and examine the neighbourhood before you ever commit to a property. Checking out a neighbourhood is not always easy to do – and it takes some time – but by giving the process a little time and careful thought, a lot of hassle and headache can be avoided over time. Here are some top aspects to check before you choose the neighbourhood for your new property.
Checking the map
The map may seem like an old-fashioned way to check the neighbourhood, but it will give you much information if you know what to look for: immediately, you can figure out what the best way to and from work, schools, shops and the town centre is going to be. You can also get an idea of noise or smells caused by trains, motorways, traffic routes, rivers, and other landmarks.
Go there in person
Drive around the neighbourhood – more than once, at different times of the day and on different days in the week. This will give you first-hand information about traffic situations, events, and other occurrences. If you can, stay overnight, and observe how busy the nightlife is.
Check official records
Your city hall may be able to inform you of upcoming construction plans, and your local police precinct should be able to give you crime rate figures.
Talk to people who live there
The people who live there are your most valuable source of information – they have first-hand experience, after all. Don’t be afraid to ask about their possible complaints; a bottle of wine or basket of fruit usually loosens tongues easily. By talking to various people in the neighbourhood, you’ll also get a better sense of the local population and culture, and can gauge better if you’ll fit in.
In the end, trust your instincts, as advised by experienced estate agencies http://www.beresfords.co.uk. It’s all well and good to say that the neighbours are nice, or the ride is convenient, or the shop at the corner has all you need – but even if your brain says yes, you should always make sure your heart concurs. Choosing a neighbourhood for your future home, regardless if you are looking through flats to rent in Chelmsford, a three-bedroom home in Colchester, or more – does indeed depend a lot on measurable advantages and quantitative research, but many factors are subjective; your sense of beauty, comfort, and convenience is often personal and can’t be measured or judged logically. If your mind says yes, but you still have an uncomfortable feeling about it, then don’t do it. You should be completely comfortable with your decision.