You’ve fallen in love with the home, but you don’t know much about the area. Here are our top tips for researching a new neighbourhood!
#1 Talk to your REALTOR®
Chances are, your REALTOR® has helped others buy and sell in this neighbourhood before. They can offer a professional opinion on how active the housing market in the area is. Your REALTOR® can help answer questions about neighbourhood characteristics such as the popularity of local schools. They can also look up information for you about proposed plans for vacant lots.
#2 Visit the neighbourhood at different times of day
Test out the local commute from your new neighbourhood to the office. Drive through on a Friday or Saturday night if you’re concerned about potential noise from nearby pubs or restaurants.
Talk to a few locals. Business owners in the area can also tell you a lot about the neighbourhood.
#3 Research local community organizations and online groups
Find out what’s going on locally. If you love getting out and being active in the community, it’s worth taking a look at what the local area has to offer. Discussions on social media groups can give you a perspective on what the benefits and challenges of the neighbourhood are.
If you’re doing online research or asking friends or relatives about a particular area, look for opinions from current residents. Neighbourhood dynamics change, and someone who lived in the area 20 years ago may not give you an accurate representation of what the neighbourhood is like to live in today. Also, remember that what works well for someone else may not be a great fit for you, and vice versa.
#4 Visit Move Up PG
If you’re buying a house in Prince George, BC, we recommend you take a look at the Move Up Prince George website. You’ll find an overview of different city neighbourhoods, an amenities map and information about education and healthcare service providers.
If you’re searching for a new home in Prince George, BC, our REALTORS® would love to help guide you on your journey! Call our office at 250-563-1000, or find an agent.