Communities Checklist

When selecting a new neighbourhood, there are a number of key factors you should take into consideration. Use the following communities checklist to help you decide:

  • Distance to your place of employment?
  • Distance to your favorite stores?
  • Distance to your place of worship?
  • Distance to friends and relatives you routinely visit?
  • Distance to your or your children’s school?
  • Distance to parks and recreational areas?
  • Distance to medical services?
  • Distance to health clubs?
  • Distance to airport?
  • How easy will it be for your children to get to school?
  • How good are the schools in the area?
  • Can you choose which school your children will attend?
  • Is there ready access to public transportation?
  • Are there walking and cycling paths nearby?
  • Are a full array of municipal services available?
  • Are there any fees and user charges for public services?
  • Is the neighborhood generally clean?
  • Are streets and other public facilities well maintained?
  • Are homes in the area well kept?
  • Is the neighborhood well regarded by those familiar with the city?
  • Do homeowners seem to care about the appearance of their property?
  • Do homes in the neighborhood generally have the features you desire?
  • Are there neighborhood organizations interested in improving the area?
  • Is there a homeowner’s association that you must join?
  • How quiet is the neighborhood?
  • How much traffic is there in the neighborhood?
  • Is air pollution such as smoke, odor, etc. a factor?
  • Is airport noise a factor?
  • Is the area in a flood zone?