Tips for choosing the right suburb to live in

There are a hundred different reasons you might be thinking of moving. There's lifestyle changes, age, expanding families and first home buyers, just to name a few. So how do you choose the right suburb to live in? Of course most of us tend to live reasonably close to our jobs but this isn't always feasible, so we've gathered together a few tips to help you in making the right decision for you.

AFFORDABILITY
This is probably the most important part to play in your decision making. We all want to live in Toorak but for most of us it's just not going to happen (right now, but one day). It pays to do some research of market house prices and rental prices. But remember, if you can "just" afford it, you can't afford it.

PERSONALITY
Always think about your personality, your interests and hobbies when you are looking for a new house. Some questions to ask yourself are: Do you wish to live in the inner city or inner suburbs; Do you prefer peace and quiet and would prefer a rural setting? Do you need a back yard or a patio/balcony/deck?; Do you need space for your vegetable garden and fruit trees? Do you enjoy eating out and visiting your local cafe? Do you have a car and will you need one, and is there sufficient public transport? These are just some of the things you should look at when making a decision.

FAMILY AND PET FRIENDLY
Do you have a family or thinking of starting one? Will you need a back yard? Would you prefer a stand alone house or a complex? Are there parks and off leash dog areas close buy, preferably within walking distance? Remember to look at school, day and after school care facilities. If you are renting, are you allowed pets? Traffic is another thing to consider when looking for a new home.

FACILITIES
Remember to look at what facilities are near by and convenient. Super markets, shopping malls, swimming pools and lessons, PCYC etc. Also look at infrastructure such as bicycle lanes, trams and train lines. Also look at any future plans for council or government reclamation, such as widening roads or extending train lines.