Commuting to work and school is a very real part of Australian life for lots of people, yet seldom considered when they’re shopping for a new home.
Sure, it’s easy to get distracted by an amazing kitchen or a sexy backyard, but this is your opportunity to possibly cut the time it takes you to get to and from work. We’ve put together a few things you may want to consider as you choose your new neighbourhood.
We think it’s a safe bet that not many homebuyers are seeking to increase their commute time to work. The more time we spend on the road, the less time we have to enjoy home and family.
Keep in mind as you shop for your new neighbourhood that fuel prices aren’t as likely to decrease as they are to increase so the longer your commute, the higher your monthly petrol & gas expenses will be.
If you really want to know how long it will take you to get to work from a particular neighbourhood, make the actual commute before committing to the purchase.
Road conditions, freeways and highways
A freeway through a region actually has a positive impact on home values in the area, according to a study commissioned by The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.
Other forms of Transport that have seen a Land Value Uplift include Heavy Rail, Light Rail and Rapid Transit Bus services.
Additional studies have also found that homes adjacent to freeways are worth less than those further away.
When deciding between neighbourhoods, the home in a community with a freeway may hold its value better than the one in a freeway-less area, provided the home isn’t directly adjacent to the freeway.
If you plan on buying in a more rural area, also be mindful that weather events may impede your commute.
If you don’t drive
If you use public transport for your commute, the location of your home becomes an even more important factor.
The proximity to the bus route, trains and other modes of public transportation should be considered carefully so you don’t end up with an even more horrendous commute.
In South Australia check Adelaide Metro for Bus, Train & Tram timetables.
Can you chuck the commute?
Working from home provides the ideal commute. There’s just nothing that compares to that short trek down the hallway to the home office.
If your employer offers a telecommute option, consider taking advantage of it, at least on a part-time basis. There’s a lot to consider when hunting for a house and its location because it has a direct impact on your quality of life. One of the most important considerations.
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