Most of us value living somewhere beautiful, with plenty of social opportunities and a welcoming environment. Everyone has their own definitions of these characteristics or may even have different priorities altogether. Either way, before researching new neighbourhoods, it's worth thinking about what you want to get from your new location, and then making a list in order of importance, to define your personal preferences. Parents are likely to prioritise catchment areas for prestigious schools, while retired couples may be seeking an accessible, walkable community.
It's always useful to research an area before looking at a property there, you will have a better understanding of where you may be living. Nearby shops, gyms and cafes maybe your priority for ease of access. It's also a good idea to experience the location at different times of the day, including during the evening and rush hour. Chatting with residents can be a useful way to find out a little more about a place, whilst also judging how friendly and welcoming the community is.
Finding the perfect area is just as important as the perfect property, people can be driven away from there dream home if they are not keen on the location or community. Doing your research gives you a better understanding and more confidence that the area is for you.