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How to choose an ideal location when buying a home

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“Location, location, location.”

You’ve probably heard this countless times, especially if you’ve been through the entire home buying process before. It’s sound advice – finding an ideal location should definitely be a top priority when you’re in the market for a new home.

It’s not that simple, however. What exactly are the factors of a “good” location? Different people have different requirements and preferences when it comes to the right location. Depending on your goals, it’s unlikely that you’ll end up with a home in a perfect location with all the right factors. Don’t worry – as long as you do your due diligence and evaluate your options thoroughly, you’ll be able to find a location that matches your lifestyle.

If you’re looking for new houses for sale in Warner Robins, GA, here are some key factors to keep in mind when searching for an ideal location:

The neighborhood

The type of neighborhood that appeals to you the most depends on your personal preferences, but the most important factors to look into are appearance, safety, accessibility, and amenities. If you’re building a home from the ground up, the lot size will depend on guidelines established by the neighborhood.

Choose a neighborhood that matches your goals. For example, if you’re planning to start a family, look for a family-friendly neighborhood with top-rated schools nearby. Think about the type of venues you’d like to live close to, such as parks, shopping centers, restaurants, grocery stores, and so on.

Drive around the neighborhood during different times of the day to get a better feel of the neighborhood vibe, noise levels, rush hour traffic, and overall pace.

Crime rate

Safety is a major consideration for many people. While areas that have a high crime rate typically offers more affordable homes, paying a lower price isn’t worth it if you’re taking a big risk. The area’s crime rate also affects your home’s resale value.

Search online for information on an area’s crime level, or drop by the local police station if you want more updated statistics.

Lot location

The price you pay for your next home is directly tied to its location within a particular town or city. If the house is situated close to a major road or highway for example, you can likely buy it for a more affordable price, but it could be more challenging to sell eventually. The same applies to houses located directly at the back of a commercial property, as well as homes along streets that tend to get a high amount of parking traffic, such as those close to community centers, large parks, or churches.

In addition to location, it’s important to keep in mind that a house is a depreciating asset, while the lot itself will maintain its value, and can even appreciate over time. In case you have an option, select a larger lot in a prime location over a nicer home. You can always update, expand, and renovate a less attractive house, but you can’t change anything about the lot it’s located on.

Future development

Think about upcoming developments in the area instead of focusing solely on its existing amenities. There might be future plans for new schools, transportation, commercial development, and public infrastructure that can significantly impact property values.

When you’re looking for a home, find out if there are plans for new residential or commercial developments, and think about how these new additions could affect the desirability of the area as well as its surrounding communities.

Distance to your workplace

Don’t forget to factor in how far your home will be from where you work. The distance to and from your workplace affects your income – the greater the distance, the more you’ll have to pay for transportation costs. Start your search by looking into neighborhoods close to your workplace.

School district

The area’s school district is another key factor that can change your decision, especially for families. If you’re a parent or are planning to have a family in the near future, you need to make sure there are reputable schools within the vicinity.

You can find more information about the schools in a particular area by visiting online resources such as GreatSchools.org for reviews, testimonials from parents, and contact details.

Before you begin your search

When you’re looking for a home in a great location, the key is to focus on a neighborhood’s objective qualities such as safety, desirable amenities, and top-performing schools. Other factors will depend on your personal preferences, but these qualities will help increase the likelihood that your investment will appreciate in value over time.

Looking for homes for sale in central Georgia? Get in touch with us at Warner Robins Home Search today for the finest properties on the market! Give us a call at 478.832.0388, or send an email to jasonleerealestate1(at)gmail(dotted)com.