As we all know, one of the most important aspects when buying a home is the location. Even with many people working from home, it’s still crucial if you want to get a good deal on your investment.
Naturally, everyone has their own personal factors that they like to consider when it comes to picking a location. You might think it is a great idea to live in a neighbourhood that looks beautiful, but you should always do your research first, so you know what getting yourself and your family into. To help you make an informed decision, we have compiled a list of things to consider when looking for a location to build your new house!
It’s important to take into consideration what the neighbours are like when choosing the perfect location for your House and Land Package. Although, you might or might not want to hang out with them everyday, but you want to be surrounded by people that are respectful, understanding and won’t cause any problems. It can be challenging to introduce yourself to your neighbours, but it’s the best way to make friends and feel at home with your new community. Who knows, making connections with others can be helpful if you ever need it, like if you’re going away for holiday.
A good tip is to speak to people in the neighbourhood before you purchase in that area. They can give you the rundown on the neighborhood, tell you about the good places to go and what’s going on. They might even welcome you if you finally choose to move in.
Convenience is an important factor when choosing a location, as it’ll affect your day-to-day living. Think about your life and the rest of your family’s too. What are your daily duties? Is it close to everything you need? If you have to travel for work and don’t want to drive, make sure there is public transportation nearby. Whether you have kids or not, it is definitely worth checking out the schools, play centres, day care and parks in that area. If anything, it should help you get a good investment, if the local school is a good option.
For those that have older children, pay close attention to the secondary education and universities in that area. How easy is it to access via public transport? By thinking of the future, you hopefully won’t need to keep moving every few years in case your circumstances change.
Safety and Crime
The move to a new and uncertain location can be challenging. You need to make sure that the neighbourhood you are looking at is a safe one. Your new home should be a place where you and your family can relax and feel comfortable living in, without having any worries of catching public transport or walking home at night.
You can research the most up-to-date crime statistics are available online for each state, but we recommend it’s best to explore the areas via public transport, car and walking on a typical weekday and weekend night to get an understanding of the reality.
Away from crime, you should also take into consideration bushfires, flooding and high winds. Is it near an area that requires a lot of back burning? Or a flood prone plane? Unfortunately, we like in a time when natural disasters are occurring more regularly, and you could have a big insurance bill to pay, or even worse if you don’t plan ahead.