How to Find the Best New Home Communities in Utah
Let’s face it: moving is not the easiest task. Not only are you having to pack everything you own in boxes, but you also have to relocate and give up the current community you live in, which has its own set of challenges.
Often, having a great community is what makes living in your home so wonderful. You develop relationships with your neighbors, enjoy nearby shopping and restaurants, engage in local programs and events, and discover parks to relax in.
So how do you go about researching new home communities you plan to move to? Here are just a few things to keep in mind that may be important to you as you search for a new community to live in:
What Matters to You?
First, start off by assessing what’s important to you and what you’d prefer to have in a community. These are just a few questions you can ask yourself to figure out what’s important to you when looking for a new home:
- Is it safe for kids?
- Is the community close to a grocery store and other shopping?
- Is there enough open space?
- How is the school district?
- How clean is the area?
- What are the neighbors like? Age, number of kids, etc.
- Do you prefer a large yard?
- How much privacy do you want?
- Is the community close to parks?
- Is the area prone to localized weather conditions, such as persistent wind or more snow?
Living Rural vs. Suburbs
One important aspect to consider when moving to a new home is if you want to live further or closer to the nearest large city
Rural living means an increased commute to and from places for groceries, schools, and other errands. It also means you might not be living very close to any neighbors. But if you enjoy your space and want more room to move around, it’s a great option.
Suburban homes provide you with the opportunity to get to know more neighbors and be closer to pretty much everything you’d need to run errands or get your shopping done. You may not have as much privacy and might have a smaller yard; however, you’ll likely be located closer to more parks that provide you with some space for recreation.
If you’re moving with kids, one of the most important aspects to look into is the school district that you will be in. Moving is hard on kids, which is why it’s so important to find a good school for them to learn and make new friends.
If you need the scoop on which districts are good, be sure to ask your real estate agent. They are often in the know about which school districts are great and which are lacking. They can also help you find a home that’s your preferred distance from the nearest school. You can always reach out to residents of the community as well and ask them about the schools and the area in general.
While you might have a clean, landscaped yard, that doesn’t mean your neighbors always do. Pulling into your driveway and seeing your neighbors pile of trash or unkempt yard is never a pretty sight.
Before committing to a certain community, be sure to do a drive through to see how clean it is. You can also ask your realtor about the HOA rules. In many condo and townhome communities, the HOA often handles landscaping and ground maintenance, which can be a great bonus.
What’s Close By?
Most communities are near different shopping areas and it’s up to you to decide what you want to be closest to. If you frequently visit the grocery store, it’s a great idea to find a community that is in close proximity to a food market. Maybe you prefer to be near local shops for tailors, boutiques, and small businesses, so you’ll want to search for communities in those areas.
It’s not a bad idea to take a moment to assess where you typically run your errands and start researching communities close to those areas to make things more convenient for you.
EDGEhomes New Home Communities in Utah
EDGEhomes has built a number of wonderful new home communities in Utah. If you are struggling to find a new home in the right community, contact us today and our agents will get you situated with a great new home in a community that’s perfect for you and your family. You can find new communities developed by EDGEhomes in any of these areas in Utah:
- Brandon Park in Eagle Mountain
- Lakefront in Vineyard
- Quailhill Condos and The Ridge in Saratoga Springs
- The Exchange and in Lehi
- Hidden Canyon Estates in Draper
- Bringhurst Station in Bluffdale
- Graystone, Sky Ridge, Parkside, and Creek Ridge in Herriman
Find more information about other EDGEhome communities on our community page.