Imagine you've found the perfect house. It's got the right number of rooms, a modern kitchen, and a dreamy backyard. But have you thought about what happens when the sun goes down? Or what the neighbourhood is like on a quiet Sunday morning?
Buying a home isn't just about the property itself. It's about its surroundings, the local community, the schools nearby, and more. And the truth is, a beautiful house means less if the surroundings aren't just right.
That's why today I'm sharing the extra 'due diligence' you should consider beyond a standard home inspection:
• A Second Walk Around the Block - You've probably scoped out the area during the showings, but it's worth taking a slow, investigative stroll around the neighbourhood again. Check out the amenities, parks, and potential hang-out spots. It's an easy way to visualize your new neighbourhood lifestyle.
• School's in Session - If you have children or are planning to in the future, the quality of local schools should be high on your list of priorities. Make sure to research school zones and ratings.
• Night Owls Report - Swing by the neighbourhood after work hours. Do people frequent the parks? Are there walking trails that lead to a bustling downtown? Is parking non-existent? The after-hours scene is definitely something to consider in your decision-making process. Another tip? Talk with neighbours. They’ll likely tell you everything you want to know.
Remember, due diligence goes far beyond your four walls, roof, and yard, so if you're considering a new property and want a trusted partner to guide you through these steps, get in touch.
I’d love to help and tell you what I know about Burlington + Waterdown's neighbourhoods.