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Should You Look For a Better Home or a Better Neighbourhood?

As you work to find the right home to meet your needs, you're likely to begin weighing two factors against each other - the quality of the home and the quality of the neighbourhood. Ideally, you'll find something that has the best of both worlds, the home you want and a perfect location, but when that's not available, which should you value most?

It Starts With a Look at Your Values

Why are you buying a home? What do you want in a home? What do you want in a neighbourhood? A quick values assessment may help to answer your own questions. Imagine, for a moment, that it's just the two of you right now. You love having some small shops close to your location, and popping out for a coffee shouldn't take up too much time. If that's the case, you're certainly going to want to shop neighbourhood over home. If, on the other hand, having everything you want in a home is absolutely essential, and the last thing you want to do is make improvements after you've moved in, it may be better to take a harder look at the homes themselves.

If You're Still Stuck . . .

It may help to make a list that includes both what you value in a home and what you value in a neighbourhood. How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you want? How large should your kitchen be? Is outdoor living space important to you? How close do you want to be to work? To the train? Is it important to be close to a favorite restaurant? If you're buying your home with a partner, make sure both of you make a list together, and decide which features are absolutely essential and which ones can be sacrificed. 

Doorsteps Can Help

As you search for the perfect home in a wonderful neighbourhood, let us help. With thousands of property listings and access to homes other real estate sites just don't have, we'll ensure you get the home and the neighbourhood of your dreams. To learn more, contact us today.