One of the most important decisions you will make when building a new home is choosing the community that is best for you and your family. Below are some of the things that you should consider choosing a community.
Drive around the neighborhood. Talk to residents. Any good builder should be willing to connect you with a current resident or two willing to talk with you about the neighborhood and what it is like to live there.
This is important even if you don’t have or plan to have children attending the local schools, as residing within a good school district can positively impact the value of your home now and into the future.
Roadways that appear uncongested in the evening or on the weekend can be much more congested during rush hour. Before settling on a community, consider driving from the community to your place of work during commute hours to see what your travel experience might be like.
Living in a remote neighborhood has its charms, but having to drive long distances to go shopping or out to eat can become tiresome. Google Maps is an excellent resource for determining whether the most important amenities to you and your family are easily accessed from the community you are considering.
Whether you are an outdoor person or not, these types of amenities add to the neighborhood’s livability, and they are proven to enhance the value of the homes within the community. Consider whether the neighborhood has lots available that would suit your lifestyle. Do you have children? Perhaps a lot near the playground is important. Have pets? Perhaps a larger lot would be best. Want more privacy? Maybe a lot that backs to green space would be more to your liking. Note: Desirable lots can come with a price premium, but for some people having the perfect lot for their lifestyle is worth the additional cost.
HOA fees will impact your total cost of ownership, but an HOA can also enhance your home’s value and the livability of the neighborhood. Ask to see the HOA Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions, or CC&Rs. These rules describe the requirements and limitations on what you can do with your property. The goal of the CC&Rs is to protect, preserve, and enhance property values in the community. It is best to determine whether the CC&Rs will work for you and your lifestyle before committing to building within that neighborhood. Some, but not all of the communities in which Aho Construction builds have Homeowner’s Associations. Speak with your Sales Associate to learn more about whether the community you are considering has an HOA.
At Aho Construction, we carefully select the locations for our communities. We consider many factors, including choosing areas with great schools, easy access to commuter routes, shopping, dining, and entertainment. We design many of our communities with parks and/or walking trails. Not all of our communities have HOA’s. Still, many of them do, and CC&Rs are set up with the goal of allowing each homeowner the freedom to enjoy their home to the greatest extent while ensuring maintenance of the value of all homeowners’ investment and the overall livability of the community. Give one of our sales associates a call to learn more about our communities and the many amenities and great attributes they offer.
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