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Download My Checklist for Choosing a Great Neighborhood

Appleton Properties | October 12, 2017


Choosing the neighborhood that perfectly meets your needs and lifestyle is key to making the most out of your real estate investment. To help home buyers like you, Appleton Properties offers this free checklist so you can buy a home in the right neighborhood.

Appleton Properties’ Guide to Choosing the Right Neighborhood

Here are four steps that will help you find a great place to live.

  1. Picture the neighborhood you’d like to live in
    • Before you start driving around cities to look for the neighborhood to live, get introspective and determine what you would like to have in a neighborhood. Aspects to consider can range from proximity to schools and work to community amenities and overall safety.
    • List your must-have features down, and have a separate list for community features you can compromise on.
    • Carefully consider your needs and long-term plans (especially if you’re thinking of settling down in a place for good). It also helps to think of what you don’t want in a neighborhood to properly profile the right place you’re looking for.

  2. Identify the neighborhoods that match your criteria
    • Now that you have an idea of what you’re looking, it’s time to take the search off the ground. If you’re relocating within the same city, you’ll probably have a rough idea of the neighborhoods that match fits your dream list. If that isn’t the case, get in touch with an experienced real estate professional with local expertise. Hiring a local real estate agent will also help if you’re thinking of moving to a new city.
    • Instead of driving around the city to look at prospective neighborhoods, begin your search by picking a specific part of town. By doing so, you’ll be focusing your search while saving time and energy.

  3. Get specific
    • Say you’ve already located a promising area. What could make this community more attractive to you? It’s time to get specific and ask for more information. Your needs, wants, and lifestyle will come into play once again. Ask your real estate agent about community amenities, parks and recreation, existing neighborhood associations, the schools that serve the neighborhood, and so on.
    • Whether you have kids or are planning to have some in the future, you should take into consideration whether good schools are located nearby. In general, homes located in a good school district have higher property values – one thing you want if you’re planning on selling the home in the future.

  4. Get a feel of the neighborhood
    • Once you have all that information, it’s time to visit your prospective neighborhoods to get a feel of what it’s like to live there. Take note of your first impressions, snap some pictures for additional reference, and talk to residents.
    • Can you imagine yourself living and enjoying your life in that neighborhood? Sometimes, a place can meet our criteria but just doesn’t feel right. Trust your gut instinct. If this is the case with a particular neighborhood, move on to the next one on your list.

Click here to download this page or copy it to your notes for your next home buying experience.

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You can also contact Appleton Properties today at 301-652-2707 or 202-888-4846 to explore Washington DC’s wide variety of neighborhoods. We’ll help you find the one that fits you and your lifestyle to a t.