Tips for Choosing Your New Neighborhood

Looking to move to a new neighborhood? There are a number of things to consider when making this significant decision.

Neighborhood Safety

Crime statistics are one of the most important factors to consider when choosing the right neighborhood when buying a home. You want to feel safe in your new community, so get some insights into the area’s crime rates. Talk to neighbors, local police department, and learn more on

Convenient Amenities

Being in a neighborhood that is close to many of the area’s amenities can be so rewarding. Take time to explore and identify the neighborhood’s amenities and conveniences. These include grocery and convenience stores, restaurants, shopping centers, recreational parks, health amenities, gas stations, and more.

School District

For those planning to start a family or with school-going kids, finding the perfect home in a favorable school district is always a plus. Talk to the neighbors and do your research on ratings of schools in the neighborhood you’re considering. A site like offers reviews, test scores, and other school data that can help.

Daily Commute

It’s a good idea to figure out how long your daily commute will be from your new home. Having to drive for long hours in heavy traffic each day can be frustrating, so think about how much time you’re willing to spend behind the wheel when going to places you frequent most.

Neighborhood Character/Lifestyle

Every neighborhood has its unique character. Before starting your house search, consider your values, needs, and priorities and see whether the neighborhood can support your current lifestyle.

Do you value privacy in a laid-back suburban setting, or are you into something more urban? If a tight-knit, friendly community is a must for you, look for locations with a neighborly feel.

By considering most of these factors, you can find an ideal neighborhood that’s suited to you. Ben Stout Construction builds custom homes in various areas and is excited to help home buyers create a new home in the perfect neighborhood. Learn more about our custom homes at or contact us at 910-779-0019.

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