The four secret tips on choosing The perfect neighborhood to live in.
And here we are again at Sweet blog, the sweetest blog online.
And today, following several questions we received in this regard, we intend to discuss one of the most important issues related to your home:
How to choose the best environment (neighborhood) in which it will be located.
The importance of choosing an excellent residential neighborhood cannot be overstated.
It is a critical decision that will affect your and your family's everyday life most directly and essentially possible, So you must make the wisest decisions on this matter.
Like most things in life, preparation is an essential key to success.
As Abraham Lincoln once said: "If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six hours sharpening my axe."
And This is precisely what we plan to do in this article - Help you with the preliminary preparation so that you can get the complete information to help you make the best decision in this regard.
In this article, we will present the things you must take into account when choosing a residential area.
Due to the difference between each person, some of you will be more associated with one argument, while for others, the same argument will be almost irrelevant. That's fine. Nevertheless, Try to find the most relevant points for you so that they will enrich your knowledge on the subject.
And while we're well aware that there are plenty of articles on this topic that spread online, this one will still be different in that it won't just present you with a 'shopping' list of things you must consider when choosing a place to live. It will do much more - When we discuss each parameter, we will also present its less critical aspects, All in order to allow you to deeply examine its advantages and disadvantages and thus be able to make the best decisions for you and your family.
And as always, at the end of the article, there will be a refreshing infographic presentation to summarize its content for you.
So what are you waiting for?
1. It's all about the numbers.
Preliminary research is one of the most effective tools for properly conducting any process. And it only makes sense that such an action would be of utmost importance in a matter like ours.
One of the first things you must do as part of checking a potential residential area is to find out about 'residential data.' Some would call it neighborhood profiling.
'What is it exactly?' You must be asking.
Neighborhood data can provide deep insights into a specific residential area. This information contains, among other things, local demographics, crime rates, public transportation, per capita income, The frequency of arrival/departure to and from the neighborhood (which indicates stability and the desire to stay there), housing, and points of interest.
In addition, the percentage of graduates in the various educational institutions and the ranking of those institutions compared to the national level.
There are many other examples of neighborhood data, but the guiding principle is clear - any measurable data that can reflect the neighborhood's condition to a certain extent.
Therefore, the first action you need to take as part of your preliminary inquiry about the potential neighborhood is to understand the data in the most detailed way. It will help you a lot in formulating your decision.
Once you have received all the statistical information (or at least the important parts) regarding the neighborhood you are thinking about, you will undoubtedly be much wiser.
Do your homework (with numbers)!
'And where do I get this information?' You might be asking right now.
Nowadays, this is information that is very easy to get.
The first place to look, if you are a US resident, is in the official information Uncle Sam provides.
Here you will also find another source of information to help you obtain the data in question.
Another excellent source of information is City-Data. It is also very user-friendly, so you will easily get along with it.
Each of these search engines has unique characteristics. Try them all and see what works best for you.
By the way, Although We are fully aware of the well-known downsides of a "cold" view based only on numbers and the lack of the human dimension for decision-making models - We still believe that data-based analysis has considerable weight when it comes to making the ideal decision.
Therefore, we believe that obtaining the statistical data regarding the neighborhood that interests you - as part of your preliminary investigation procedure - will be very effective in combination with the more "human" tools, which we will explain about them later.
2. Stay close.
Another equally important component that you need to take into account is the matter of location, And to be more specific - the nearness to places and services required for your daily routine life:
Educational institutions, hospitals, government offices, public transportation, community centers, Good supermarkets, family parks, cultural centers, workplaces, etc.
The guiding principle is that You must thoroughly analyze Your expected daily routine in order to manage your day effectively, and whether the neighborhood you were thinking about is close enough to all those needed services.
Let's say, just for the sake of argument, that you will be required to make an exhausting journey every time you need medical treatment because the nearest clinic is an hour's drive from your neighborhood -Sucks!
And if the nearest bus stop is about half an hour's walk from your house - be prepared to be frustrated.
And the same goes for the school's distance from your home.
Please make a list of all the above services, and understand in the most precise way what their distance is from your house and the neighborhood you were thinking about.
Don't be lazy and measure distances!
Don't be shy. Take a piece of paper and a pen and sketch out the distances and locations to make the big picture clear to you.
After you've done all these calculations and gotten an idea of how far these services are from your potential home, you can make better decisions about how good this neighborhood is for you (at least from that aspect).
3. Do your homework.
Jim Rogers once said:
"If you want to be lucky, do your homework."
Although it is quite true that everything we mentioned above represents the concept of "doing homework" regarding your future residential neighborhood, Still, this paragraph has "homework" written all over it.
There are some other technical issues you should know more about when considering living in a particular neighborhood. Being thorough when you come to get the answers about them is an excellent way to get this information. This is what we mean by saying "homework."
1. Are development plans, or extensive infrastructure works planned for your area?
We are talking about a simple inquiry to check at your municipal offices in the construction planning department. If such works are indeed planned, you must know about them in advance because they can make the lives of the residents a living hell.
2. Are there enough parking spots within your neighborhood?
Trust us, the last thing you want to do at the end of an exhausting day at work is to look for parking for an hour and finally find it somewhere in Kathmandu.
This clarification can check simply by taking a walk in the neighborhood.
2. Does the cellular reception in the neighborhood in question remind you of Manhattan or Iraq during the gulf war?
This clarification can simply be checked by taking a long walk in the neighborhood with your mobile phone.
3. The quality of municipal services.
Garbage removal\local water and electricity companies\cleaning in general, and more - do all these meet your standards?
Ask the right questions and be prepared!
Although these are only a few examples, the guiding principle is quite clear - You must ask as many questions as possible, and getting the correct answers will give you the essential technical information regarding the neighborhood in question.
Remember - Knowledge is power! This way, you can be more competent and consider the area's suitability for you in a more balanced way.
We encourage you to think about more questions like the above, which will give you a clearer view of the services provided within the neighborhood. We are sure that you will find some other good ones.
4. Take a walk.
There is a well-known folk saying:
"The best way to get to know an area is through your feet."
The meaning of this saying is that in the end, despite the online inquiries you will make and reading materials/magazines that you have read, there is no better way to get to know a particular area than to walk there and see for yourself!
Pick yourself up for a moment from the couch/computer or whatever else you're doing, and take a long walk within the neighborhood you're interested in checking out.
In the first stage, no talking is necessary, only observation. Just Walk through the streets/between the houses/nearby markets - And try to notice things quietly and deeply.
Despite the meteoric progress of technology, there are things in which there is no substitute for the human touch. And a walking tour will give you an accurate and comprehensive idea of all the "cold" neighborhood data you have already processed at home.
just take a walk and observe!
By the way, we need to emphasize that despite the "natural romanticism" of these walks, There are clear instructions regarding them.
For this tool to be effective, the required number of walks is at least three.
At first, you should walk without any definite purpose or goal. Just try to feel the neighborhood vibe without wanting to find out anything.
Trust us, even before all the data and questions, what your soul will feel is your first and most important deal breaker.
After the neighborhood passed the "soul test," It's time to come up with the "tough" questions.
All those things that you could not find out from a distance, with the help of the stats and data, will now become clearer during your walks. Be focused!
After the above two, it's time for irreplaceable human interaction.
Go to parks/places of social gathering/take local taxis for short trips (taxi drivers are pretty chatty, They are quite handy for the details you are looking for), and have a polite conversation with residents/shop owners, etc.
Tell them you are considering moving here and would love to hear their opinion about the area.
You will be surprised to hear how significant a resource this is.
Sometimes, a good tip or two from a local can shed light on the neighborhood in ways you don't understand and practically save you from making a life-changing mistake. At the end of the day, they are the ones who live there and know best.
That way, you can also get to know your neighbors before you arrive, which is a huge bonus.
By the way, such an inquiry can also be made on social media online, but it is still different from the physical meeting for its many advantages.
After reading this article, we hope your search for a residential neighborhood will be much more efficient and easy.
And if you still encounter difficulties, the Sweet crib community is always here for you.
By the way, have you already checked our collections page today?
What are you waiting for?