Buying a house isn’t just about checking the roof for leaks or the basement for mould. You should also take your neighbourhood into account since your home life will revolve around your interactions with them as well as your indoor living. So before you sign on the dotted line, be sure that you’ve already looked out for:
Though the sweet family next-door might not exactly be reclusive thieves or muggers by night, there might be heavy criminal activity right near your doorstep unless you’re careful. Consult the Canadian Mounted Police’s National Sex Offender Registry to know if there might be some lurking around in your neighbourhood, too.
Sure, the neighbourhood might look picturesque and peaceful in the daytime, but how about at night? Most home buyers become so enthralled by how a house looks at daytime that they forget to consider potential night-time deal breakers like loud, obnoxious dogs, street racing, or even a bad ambience that would easily put you off.
If you plan to raise a family in your new home, then looking into the neighbourhood schools is a must. Do some research into the teaching quality of these educational establishments, or at least check the ease of travel from your neighbourhood to the schools that you actually want your kids to enrol in.