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What to Consider When Moving to a New Neighborhood

If you’re looking for a Minneapolis new home builder, you’re probably also looking for a newer community, rather than an existing community or neighborhood. That can be challenging in the early building stages of a community, but as second and third phases go up, you will start to get a feel for the neighborhood. Of course, what you want in a neighborhood is ultimately up to you, but here are some things to consider when looking.

If you have children, schools will play a major role in your decision, whether they go to a public or private school. You don’t want to have to travel too far if they’re going to a private school, as that can cause scheduling problems and make it harder to take part in after-school activities. If they’re going to public school, you want schools and a school district that are well respected and rate highly with small teacher-to-student ratios and activities that appeal to your children.

One thing that people don’t always consider when looking at new homes and neighborhoods is the possibility of property taxes. They may be higher or lower than you expected, depending on where you’re moving from, and this will have an influence on your overall budget.

A factor that people do worry about is safety. Fortunately, there are a number of websites, such as CrimeReports, SpotCrime, and NeighborhoodScout, among others, that keep track of local crime statistics and police activity in the area.

People often move for shorter work and school commutes, but you should also keep in mind things like grocery shopping, restaurants, entertainment and other elements that you don’t want to have to drive far to get to on a regular basis. It’s not just about the convenience of having a grocery store that you like nearby; it’s about everything from charities you like to get involved with to local parks. Also, don’t forget to look at what is in the immediate vicinity of your potential neighborhood, because smells and noise can travel. Even a large-scale bakery can become unpleasant when smelled on a daily basis.

Finally, look for anyone out washing cars, playing with the kids, walking their dog, or doing lawn work. Stop and ask them about the neighborhood. Most people are more than happy to tell you about the area and any perks and potential downsides. The people who live there day in and day out know if there are issues you should consider, but can also tell you about local shops, restaurants and other features that will add to the appeal of the neighborhood, so definitely try to speak to people already living there.

These are a few tips to help you find your ideal neighborhood. Finding a respectable Minneapolis new home builder, like Key Land Homes, will also help as we always try to build in areas that will appeal to home buyers, both in location and amenities. Contact us today to learn more about the communities in which we build and feel free to go explore them for yourself and imagine yourself living there.

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