If you are a first-time homebuyer just starting a family you’ll probably want to start your home search with some basic criteria. But how do you go about researching the neighborhood? Before you call your realtor to look at a house, consider the following top five tips to get the neighborhood scoop.
#1 Check Out the City Website
City websites give vital information, such as who picks up your garbage, but they also provide neighborhood demographics. Find averages for age of residents, number of people per household, number of married couples, average income per household and similar facts. You can find a neighborhood to suit your lifestyle.
#2 Check Out Neighborhood Sites
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Dealing with bad neighbors can make your life a waking nightmare. Bad neighbors may stay up all night partying, let their dogs run wild all over your property, or even threaten the safety of your neighborhood by engaging in illegal activities. If bad neighbors are giving you a regular headache, read on to find out how to handle bad neighbors in five easy steps.
1. Ignore Bad Neighbors
Sometimes, it’s possible to simply ignore your neighbor’s bad behavior.
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If your neighbors are not breaking any laws or rules, you may have no choice but to ignore their actions. Practice telling yourself that you cannot control your neighbor’s actions, so you should not get upset. With enough practice, you may cultivate enough serenity to ignore (more…)
Block parties are a great American tradition. They are a fun way to make new friends, get to know your neighbors, and have a great time.
Whether you are hosting a block party for the first time in your neighborhood, or you have hosted them for many years, advanced planning will ensure that you have a fun, successful block party. If you are wondering how to throw a great block party, make sure you plan things in advance and delegate duties to some of your neighbors.
Following are some great tips for throwing a block party:
1. When you are planning your block party, the first thing you should do is pick your date. Try not to schedule your block party when there are any other major events going on in your area. Also pick a rain date when rain is unlikely, since it’s no fun to have a party in the rain! (more…)
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