When buying a home, location is always one of the most important considerations. Most buyers consider the obvious, such as the quality of the schools, commute distance from work, neighborhood safety, and even things like the view. But there are other things to keep in mind when choosing the location of your new home.
Proximity Of Emergency Services
A house out in the country has its appeal, but how far away is the fire department? The distance in an emergency can cost you precious minutes that could save lives or valuable property. Beyond that, a home insurance company may charge you more if your home is not within a certain distance from the fire department, to ensure their interests are protected as well.
Look for a home that is accessible to emergency vehicles; narrow streets or long winding country roads may make it difficult for larger vehicles to approach. Remember that in an emergency, every second counts.
How Close Are The Schools?
Many schools have rules about how far away you need to be to qualify for bus services; if you’re within the range your students will either be walking or relying on you for a ride. In inclement weather, that could become a problem.
The proximity of schools can have other unintended issues as well. Consider the noise and traffic that can result from being too close to a school. A high school with a football field or marching band can create a lot of noise, and you may find cars parked on your street during large events.
Living up on a hill gives you beautiful views, but what happens when the roads become slick due to ice and snow? You could find yourself trapped at home, or away from home, and unable to get in or out until the roads are safe again.
Consider how frequent such weather is in your area when choosing a home that has steep streets approaching it; in areas where this is common you might want to look for a house that has a more level street.
Every factor about a home’s location should be taken into consideration before you buy. Make a checklist of the important things about where your new home is located and take it with you as you look at homes. While your new home may not meet all of your criteria, it should meet the most important ones to make sure you are safe and comfortable.