The house seems perfect, just the right size with everything you wanted. The price is within your budget. Just one thing, you are wondering “How Do I know if the Neighborhood is nice?” REALTORS have certain rules they must abide by and one of them is not characterizing a neighborhood. This is up to you.
Drive through the neighborhood at various times of the day. Observe the yards of the neighbors, do they seem to keep their trash cans in and their lawns cut? Are there noises that you think will bother you in the long run? Maybe the neighbor has a pool and all the kids in the neighborhood come there for a daily scream fest. Maybe the other neighbor has 16 dogs, or a teenager with a band.
Strike up a conversation with a neighbor…they will usually be a wealth of information and it will give you a chance to maybe meet a new friend.
To investigate the crime rate, contact the local Sheriff’s office and find out how often they respond to problems in this area.
If there are Restrictive Covenants, make sure there are no problems with you parking your RV, boat or motorcycle.
How far is it to your local grocery store, restaurants, church and movie theaters…things that are important to you?
You’ll be surprised how much you can determine for yourself if your new neighborhood will offer everything you hoped for just by visiting it during different hours of the day. Then you won’t have to worry about whether or not the new neighborhood is as nice as you hope for.