May 31, 2016

Fusion Homes’ Guide to Picking a Neighbourhood in Your Community

Buying or building your dream home only makes sense if you’re choosing the right neighbourhood. If you plan on staying in your new home for the foreseeable future, you want to make sure you’re choosing a spot that has all of the amenities and features that will make you feel comfortable. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to picking a location for your future home in Guelph!

1. Identify all of the things you and your family will need

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This will differ from family to family. If you have children, you’ll probably want good schools, playgrounds and parks nearby. If you commute to work, consider how long you’re willing to drive each morning and evening. Do you want a single-family home or a condo? Do you want to live in a historic neighbourhood with tons of character, or in a new development with more modern features? Do you want to live near the water? Do you want to be in walking distance to shops and restaurants? Also consider things you don’t want in your neighbourhood.

2. Start looking into neighbourhoods

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Now that you know what your wishlist is, start looking at neighbourhoods. If you’re moving to a new neighbourhood but staying in the same city, it will probably be a little easier for you to narrow down. If you’re moving to a new city, make sure you’re doing your research. Consider starting your search in neighbourhoods near your new workplace or near family in the area.

3. Get the specs on your favourite neighbourhoods

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Your favourite neighbourhood might look pretty, but it’s important to dig a little deeper and look into the numbers as well. Research the schools in the area, if your kids will be attending them, to see if they have good ratings. School locators can be a great tool for checking catchment areas—check out this one for the Wellington-Dufferin area. Consider other amenities like parks and recreation centres and how close they are to your neighbourhood. You can also calculate your neighbourhood’s walk score with a number of different applications on the internet, which will let you know how walkable your neighbourhood is.

4. Visit the neighbourhoods that you are considering

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There’s no better way of getting a feel for a neighbourhood than to visit it yourself. Even if a neighbourhood looks good on paper, the best way to tell if it’s right for you and your family is to see it for yourself. You’ll also want to consider whether future buyers would like the neighbourhood so that it’s attractive when you come to sell, whenever that may be. It’s also a good idea to visit the neighbourhood at different times of day. Consider visiting some of our model homes to get a feel for the neighbourhoods, like our stunning new model home in Guelph’s Solterra development.

5. Look for houses or new developments in the area

Once you’ve decided on a neighbourhood that’s perfect for you, draw up a budget and start looking for a place to live. Make sure you know exactly what you can afford in your price range, and consider your various loan and mortgage options, and make sure you get mortgage pre-approval. Start thinking about all of the features you want and need in your home so you can stay focused in your search.

 
Are you ready to find the perfect neighbourhood for your next home? Start your search with Fusion Homes’ new communities in Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo and London!