If you’re thinking of moving to a new home in a different Vancouver neighbourhood, you should consider a few things during your research process. Things like livability, the environment and of course affordability should play an important role in your ultimate decision. Here are five things to consider when choosing a neighbourhood to move to.
A safe and friendly neighbourhood means that the community is always on the lookout for strange and unusual occurrences. If there are many offices, shops and stores near plenty of houses, this will mean that the neighbourhood is busy both during the day and night, deterring crime. If you have kids, inquire about traffic-calming streets to make sure it’s safe for children to play outside.
Cost of Living
Making sure you can afford the home is the first step in ensuring your cost of living is kept reasonable and you don’t become house-poor. However, there are other factors to consider. According to the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the average annual cost to own and operate a car in Canada is more than $9,000 per year. If you live in a neighbourhood where you are close to public transit, walk to shops and/or work, you could save yourself a lot of money.
Growing With Your Neighbourhood
Finding a neighbourhood that suits your needs at the present is great, but try to think of this as a long-term move as well. Are there multiple housing structures available like condos, townhomes, and detached homes that you can grow and move into along with your growing family needs? Finding a neighbourhood you can spend most of your life in will be a great investment for your family’s future.
Not all neighbourhoods have adapted to being environmentally friendly. Look for bike lanes that encourage residents to take their bicycles instead of cars; neighbourhoods that have regular recycling pickup schedules; and tree-lined streets make it more inviting for residents to talk walks around the area. Not to mention, neighbourhoods with mature trees help improve the value of your property, can help keep your home cool in the summer, and protect your home from all the Vancouver rain that hits your home’s roof.
This might sound strange, but it’s an actual thing. If a neighbourhood encourages walking and cycling, they are considered to be health conscious. If you can walk to local stores for your errands instead of taking your car, if you have designated bicycle lanes you’re more likely to take a ride with the kids. Little changes like this make a huge impact in someone’s overall health. Not to mention, the less you drive, the less stress you’ll experience and the less polluted air we all breathe in. It’s a win-win really.