Sometimes, the neighborhood can overcome small deficiencies in the home you want to buy.
The hardest part about moving may be selecting a neighborhood that best suits your lifestyle. Start by thinking about what is most important to you and your family. For example, do you prefer a quiet residential area or do you want to be near busy nightlife? According to Movers.com, buyers should consider several key factors when searching for the right neighborhood.
• Safety — For most households, safety is the most important factor, so check out crime rates of potential neighborhoods via local government websites and the U.S. Census Bureau website, www.census.gov.
• Amenities — Determine the location of doctors’ offices, hospitals, schools, banks and grocery stores. It may be helpful to walk around the neighborhood to become familiar with local businesses and their proximity to your potential home.
• Education — If you have school-aged children, visit websites of individual school districts to see what services they…
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