It’s what’s on the outside that counts

They say, “it’s what’s on the inside that counts.” And while that might be true for finding your dream partner, it’s certainly not the case for finding your dream home. If I asked you to tell me about your dream house, I bet you could paint me the perfect picture – from the style of the house to the interior design. But what about the outside? (…and I don’t mean your landscaping – though, I’m sure you have that sorted). I mean, when you imagine your dream house, where does your neighborhood – the backdrop to your perfect picture – fall on the wish list?

So often we get caught up in floor plans, square footage, or a turn-key vs. a re-model as we begin the process of house hunting. But, finding your dream house in a not so dreamy neighborhood can make even the best house simply not worth it. Your neighborhood – the school your children attend, the evening strolls, the convenient store that’s always open for those inconvenient emergencies, your go-to date night spot, your go-to pizza spot, your go-to coffee shop – (if you pick the right neighborhood, you’ll have a lot of go-to’s) – is what makes your dream house more than just a house, it makes it your home.

While it’s important that your home fulfills all of your family’s needs (hello, double sinks in the en-suite), it’s equally important that your neighborhood fulfills all of your family’s wants and likes. Ideally, your neighborhood should reflect your family’s values and the love that fills your home should extend far beyond your properties reach. As you go about the house-hunting process, think about what makes your family tick and how your neighborhood makes your family feel.

So, the next time you are dreaming up your dream home, look beyond the numbers, the colors, and the design. In fact, look beyond the house all together. Walk around, grab a bite, and run an errand. Meet your neighbors, explore the parks, and time your commute. After all, paint fades, kids get older, and rooms feel smaller, but your neighborhood and the memories you will make in it, will never go out of style.

To new beginnings!

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