Choosing where you want to live is no easy feat. There are so many things to consider, including price range, local amenities and location. Moving suburbs can be a daunting experience. How will you know if you like the neighbourhood? Is there a nearby park for summertime BBQs? How are the local schools? All these factors are easy to address if you know the area, but it can be a leap of faith for someone who hasn’t lived there before. Consider these few tips if you are planning on switching suburbs.
Scope out what else is on the market
Looking for a new house can be hard enough, and we tend to become tunnel visioned when property hunting. But if you have a street or neighbourhood in mind then consider flicking through what else is available in the area. If there are an abundance of super cheap rentals nearby then this could be a warning sign for a high turnover of neighbours. Alternatively, houses close by that need renovations could signal months of loud building noises.
Do regular drive throughs
School drop-off and pick-up times, rush hour, late night parties, loud nearby venues… If you swing by your potential new street and property at different times throughout the day and night, you will have a better understanding of traffic and noise levels around your new home.
Attention to detail
Do your neighbours look after their gardens? Are there skidmarks on the roads from hooning? Are there lots of cars parked on the road? Looking for subtle clues like these can save yourself a headache in the long term.
Listen to family and friends
People who know the area will be able to give you their honest opinion about it. Ask family and friends who live there what the suburb is like on the whole. Even better if you prompt them with specific questions you would like answering such as schools and shops.
Talk to your Marshall SA agent
We know Adelaide, and can make suggestions based on your needs as our client. Talk through your concerns with us and gain a clearer perspective of your new suburb.