Neighborhood ChecklistIt’s an exciting time when you get to go shopping for your home in Tampa. Home buyers are likely to get distracted by the beautiful neighborhoods, the colorful homes, and the neighborhood amenities that are unique to the area. When you shop, you are probably prepared with a checklist of things you need like a certain number of bedrooms or a great outdoor area for entertaining.

Have you considered what the neighborhood would need to have to be a great fit for your family? It’s easy to pick a great house for your family but many people forget to consider what the neighborhood is going to be like on a daily basis or if the location even makes sense for their needs.

Take a look at this complete checklist that you should use as a home buyer in Tampa that will ensure you’ve considered all of the parts of the neighborhood that will affect your family when you actually live here.

The schools

You’ve likely considered the school district that a neighborhood would have you apart of. It’s important to be near schools that you want to send your kids to and to understand how far of a drive you’ll be dealing with on a daily basis. If you are used to send your kids on a bus or walking to school, the neighborhood you are interested in now may not have these abilities. Consider the schools before choosing your home in Tampa.

The major roads

Major HighwayAre you close enough to the highways to be able to easily commute to work or get to attractions you want to visit in the city? Drive from the neighborhood to the closets major highways and take note if big roads are closed. This may mean there will be additional noise around your home and it could be a security concern for your kids and pets.

Nearby amenities

Have you considered where you’ll shop for groceries, where you’ll dine out, and where you’ll be able to have some fun with the kids? Consider if you are close enough to restaurants you would enjoy as a family. Where will you shop for clothes on the weekends, groceries for the house, or services that you typically use.

Are you close to recreational centers for the kid’s favorite dance hobby? You may want the option to work out or attend a paint class once in a while. Consider what amenities you are working with near you so that you can make sure your favorite hobbies and interests aren’t interrupted too terribly.

Sidewalks and parks

Tampa ParksYou probably would not have thought to check the sidewalks out and to look for neighborhood parks. These are the things you need to think about when it comes to your family’s needs. Your kids may want to use a park on a regular basis to get exercise and meet new people. Sidewalks show that a neighborhood is more active and social. It also means your kids won’t be as likely to go onto the streets to play where people are driving cars.


Speaking of cars, do you plan to have a car at your home? Is there transportation available for those that prefer it? Learn about local public transportation options to see what is going to work best for you.

While looking for the perfect interior of a home is important, don’t forget this checklist of things to look for in your new neighborhood. You don’t want to move into a new place and realize you neglected to check for a local grocery store or a park for the kids to play.

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