Home Buying Guide: How to Check out the Neighborhood
Have you just found the home of your dreams? Before you settle down, it is important that you check out the neighborhood as well – because you don’t want to be stuck with your dream home, if it comes with red flags.
Test out some of these ideas before signing on a home:
Test out the Commute
One major regret homeowner’s face: not running through daily errands or their commute to and from work. Nothing hurts like having to sit in the car for longer than you were expecting to.
Test out your commute on busy days and times (rush hour) and see how it feels. How long does it take you to get to the closest grocery store, etc.? What public transportation options are available in your area?
Try out the Weekend
Explore the area during the weekend – explore the neighborhood during the morning, afternoon, and evening. Are there huge house parties taking place? Are people out and about on walks, jogs, etc.? Can you picture yourself there?
It’s a good idea to also sample any of the local coffee shops or restaurants nearby.
Look up School Districts
Whether or not you have kids, the quality of schools in a neighborhood is critical. A better school district usually means a higher home value – and if you’re a parent, you’ll want to make sure the school district is a reputable one, and that it is a good fit for your child.
Download an App
Apps such as CrimeReports can help provide information about crime within the location or address.
Buying a home is an incredible accomplishment and a commitment – be sure you do your thorough research on the home and neighborhood before you sign.
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