Dec 10, 2012

5 Rules to Choose a Location for a New Home

The big spacious hall and the large framed windows might seem like the perfect choice for your house. But is it really your dream house or are you getting carried away by aesthetics? A dream house should not only be picture perfect but should also be located in a suitable area. So how should one choose the perfect location for the dream house? Here are five simple rules that you must take into account before making the ultimate decision:

Proximity to School and Shops
If you have kids that are of the school going age it is a must that you take into account the proximity to school. Locations that are at a distance to school tend to create problems of commuting for kids. Furthermore, the location must be in close proximity to shops so that household groceries and other items can be purchased with ease without the hassle of travelling off to far distances.

Proximity to Work Place
The location for your new house must be in close proximity to work place as commuting to and from work is not only time consuming but also results in considerable expense. Conversely, you can choose a far off location from your workplace if the transportation system within the area is highly efficient and you would have little or no problem in transportation.

Low Crime Rate
The area that you are about to choose for your new house but have a lower level of crime rate. This is because high levels of crime rate do not only increase your vulnerability to theft and burglary but also result in a higher insurance premium for property. You also want to be in a safe neighborhood if you have children and they want to play outside in the yard without you constantly worrying.

Existence of Infrastructure
The location that you choose must be situated in a developed area so that the infrastructure is already present. This would allow you to reduce the cost of installing utility lines excreta separately. Moreover, a developed area is likely to offer more opportunities in terms of leisure activities as opposed to a far off remote area. Also look for proximity to other things like hospitals (especially if you have small children), a fire station and a police station.

Environmentally Safe
The location must be environmentally safe and not prone to natural disasters. For example, you must avoid locations that are situated in the floodplain or are vulnerable to tsunami.  Furthermore, you should also avoid locations that are sensitive to endangered animals or are labeled as wet lands. Such locations offer danger to life and would also result in substantial other preventive measures to be installed as well that would ultimately raise cost of living. It is also recommended to build on sites that are been constructed before. If a building has been demolished, it must be ensured that all necessary steps are undertaken for deconstruction and building of the structure is legal.

Andrew loves writing and has been an active contributor in the real estate community. Having occupied various jobs including removalist, property manager and strata consultant, Andrew has a broad experience he can use to help people.
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