By: Ari Taylor
Let’s face it: We all fall victim to pretty pictures and the right price when searching for a new home. But, how do you know if you really like the area? Buyer’s Remorse happens when you are stuck for two years and have made a substantial investment, and it goes without saying that it is a tough place to be stuck in. The right agent can help you to avoid this, but there are things you can do independently that will greatly improve your chances of loving what is on the inside of your home, as well as the outside. There are no guarantees, of course, but it is worth a shot!
Facebook — Most communities have their own Facebook group(s)/page(s). Ask the moderator of the group(s) to become a member. Once you are added, ask the group as a whole what they love and what they would like to change about the community.
Google — Do a Google search to see what comes up for news articles about the community, local events, the school system and other things of that nature.
Visit The Community — Once you have gathered your intel, get out and see it for yourself! Take a ride after work to check out what your new commute would be like and try doing your shopping there. One way to successfully scout out a new area is to see what it would be like to do your regular errands there. On a Sunday afternoon, do some driving around the neighbourhood and see what the locals are up to.
Local Events — Check to see if there is anything happening in the area and experience the community that way, or grab lunch and/or coffee at a local spot in the area.
Make A List — Make a list of the things that are most important to you such as: Can I walk to and from wherever I am shopping? Is there a Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts nearby? Are kid-friendly activities available? What is the nightlife like? Will I be T-accessible?
A lot of times, we focus on just the house and not enough on the location. Being smart about both aspects will help you to be and stay happy in your new home!