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Choosing The Right Neighborhood For Your Family Part 4 of 4

Lastly, but certainly not least, is to make sure that the neighborhood that you select is among residents that keep their homes and properties kept up. This is important for your own day to day positive outlook as well as the short term and long term value of your investment. Even if your home is well maintained, if you choose a location where your neighbors let their yards go and do not attend to home upkeep and improvement the same way you do, your home value will suffer for their lack of pride in their home and property. It is also likely to cause turbulence among neighborly relations when there is a disparity between your expectations and the reality of the situation.

In this regard, the Internet can aid you once again. Check out the county auditor’s website to find property values for homes in the area. You’ll be looking for trends within the information where appreciation and depreciation is concerned and to more fully understand the current and projected outlook for property values around your prospective home. This isn’t a step you will want to skip, a home is a large and potentially profitable investment– no one likes to watch their hard earned money go down the tube alongside a failing neighborhood.

Also, properly maintaining your yard and property is important for safety reasons as well as aesthetic value. Intruders look for home that have overgrown shrubs. Make sure you invest in a monitored home security system like the ones offered by ADT.

Choosing The Right Neighborhood For Your Family Part 3 of 4

After you have determined that the neighborhood you are considering purchasing a home in has a healthy number of families and school options that you are able to feel good about, the next element of a good neighborhood that you will want to consider is safety. Thankfully with the online resources that are currently available, this important task is quicker and easier than ever before. You’ll probably want to start by researching the crime rates in the neighborhood as well as gathering information on the number and whereabouts of convicted sex offenders that are in the area. Internet sites like http://www.RegisteredOffendersList.Org, http://www.mapsexoffenders.com, and http://www.NationalAlertRegister.com can help you to accomplish this critical task. You could also subscribe to http://www.neighborhoodscout.com in order to recieve local crime statistics and other data from the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department that will help you make an educated and realistic decision as to whether or not the area is the right place for you and your family to make a new home purchase.

Regardless of what you find out, it’s always a good idea to have a professionally monitored home security system installed in your new home. Make sure to use a trusted company that has been around for years such as ADT. The good news is that if you can afford to purchase a home, you are sure to be able to have a great security system installed. ADT offers free installation for new subscribers and advancements in technology have made these types of home alarm systems highly effective as well as highly attainable for just about any budget. You’ll love the added security and peace of mind that a system of this type will be able to offer you and family for years to come.

Choosing The Right Neighborhood For Your Family Part 2 of 4

Judging whether or not a neighborhood offers enough other families for your family members to interact with is only part of choosing a great neighborhood to purchase a home in. Another very important element when it comes to neighborhood selection is the school district your children will be placed into. This is especially important for families that are planning to send their children into the public school system. If you opt to go with a private school, you will want to go ahead and find one in the area, close enough so that you can provide your child with timely and reliable transportation, that you will be happy with. This should be done even if the prospect of school is still years away for your children. It’s also wise to have more than one good option for your child’s education available in the area just in case your financial situation, your child’s learning needs, or the available of the school or program that you are interested in enrolling your child in happens to change.

One website to check out if you are looking for information on the school systems in particular areas is http://www.Homes.com. They have information regarding the number and type of schools located within a specified zip code, the student population of those schools, and other pertinent information. If you have young children, or may have one in the future, you will also want to look into child care options as well as early learning centers and preschools. More and more parents are discovering the benefits that come from enrolling their young children into educational and social programs prior to kindergarten and you will want to be well versed on your options and alternatives as far as that is concerned. These types of programs should be looked into well before you will require their services as, depending on the area and program, some tend to have extensive waiting lists that can be months or even years long.

Don’t forget about the importance of a good security system in your new home, such as ADT.  To learn about some great packages for protecting you and your family, check out ADT for the best in home security.

Choosing The Right Neighborhood For Your Family Part 1 of 4

Finding a home that your family will be happy with is only one step in buying process. Just because you and the other members of your family like the house itself, doesn’t necessarily mean that the home will be a good fit for you. You also have to take into consideration the location and all that that entails. You will want to be within comfortable range of your workplace, if you work outside of the home, as well as other needs such as grocery stores and hospitals, and you will also need to put some thought into whether or not the neighborhood is right for you, your spouse, and any children you may have now or in the future. This is a big decision and has the potential to impact you for quite some time so you will need to give it careful consideration.  You will want a home security firm such as ADT as well.

If you already have children or plan to, you will want to look for a neighborhood where there are other families with children already present. This serves two main purposes, it lets you know that your neighbors will be tolerant of children and alert to their presence, it also gives you and your spouse the opportunity to have peers that are also raising children nearby for support and companionship for yourselves as well as your children. Having other children nearby will encourage your child to develop social skills and friendships that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Having parents in the area that you can build relationships with will give everyone a sense of community and offer the opportunity to make lasting friendships with people who have things in common with you. Knowing and having friendly relationships with your neighbors also makes communities safer, along with an ADT security system. Everyone can look out for each others homes and children, and even the parents when hard times strike.

Choosing A Kid-Safe Neighborhood

Anyone with first-hand experience knows that moving can be (and usually is)a very stressful time, especially if you have children. There are so many things to take into consideration and the stakes can seem very high, particularly when purchasing a home as opposed to renting. Regardless of what type of dwelling you are planning on moving into, though, there are several variables that every family with children should consider carefully before deciding on a home and neighborhood.
As cliché as it may be, every parent’s motto when selecting a residential area should be, “safety first”. Know how to use the valuable tools available to you such as the internet and your local police department to gather crime reports and statistics on the areas that contain your neighborhoods of interest. Do not hesitate to make use of the National Sex Offender Database; even though no parent wants to think about their child becoming a victim, the best line of defense is to be constantly aware of what is in your surroundings. Spend time driving around potential neighborhoods and be on the lookout for indications of crime such as graffiti, bars on windows or doors, high fences, etc. Don’t forget to venture into surrounding areas, some neighborhoods can look and be relatively safe but have rough areas nearby that you will need to be aware of so that they can be safely avoided.
Be cautious of bodies of water that may be nearby. Even a tiny fish pond can present a real safety threat to small children. The presence of water may not be a deal-breaker in itself but make sure you carefully assess the situation and all of its variables. Important things to think about is how close the body of water is, how readily accessible is it to a child (for instance, is it fenced in), and how much experience your children have had with water.
Last but not least, factor in the amount of vehicular traffic near the homes you are interested in. Living close to busy streets can present multiple risks to families with children including increased threat of abduction in addition to the possibility of a variety of accidents that could result in a family member being struck by a car or truck. Try to find a place as far away from traffic as possible or at least one with sturdy fencing to prevent your child from having a direct path to the street. If you have young children, try to avoid homes with driveways that slope steeply down to busy roads.
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