Most buyers plan and save to buy the perfect house. They
check heaters, roofs, windows and appliances. However, beyond an investigation
of the school system, very few take the time to check out the area beyond their
property lines. This can be a huge mistake.Â
After the moving van leaves and the boxes are finally empty
you must live there. There are several factors that can impact your quality of
life and ultimate happiness in your new home. Every buyer should take some
time to investigate before putting the bid on your dream home. What are some
of the thing to investigate? Here are a few potential pitfalls.Â
- Â Â Visit the neighborhood at different times of the
week both in the day and evening and Â Â listen!
- Are there dogs that bark incessantly while their owners
- Â Can you hear the constant noise of a nearby
highway or busy street?Â
- Â Engage
some of your potential neighbors in conversation. Let them know you are Â Â Â considering moving to the area so they donâ€™t think you are â€œcasingâ€ the area as
a burglar! Â What do they like and dislike about living in this neighborhood?
there inconsiderate neighbors that habitually throw loud parties or mow their
lawn Â Â every Saturday morning at 7am?Â
- If there are neighbors with a pool whose
property adjoins your property ask how they drain their pool or backwash
their pool filters? If there is not a designated drainage system for this
water, you will most likely get a periodic flood and soggy mess in your yard.Â
- Do the teens that live next door blast music or
have a band that rehearses nightly?
the street you are considering a high traffic street complete with a lot of rumbling
trucks and buses that pass?
- Â Is this a â€œcut throughâ€ street that motorists
use to avoid rush hour traffic?
- Â Is this street a school bus route? (Besides the
obvious convenience if you have children, this is a plus in the
winter as those streets are the first plowed in a snow storm!)
- If your neighborhood has a homeowners
association are they reasonable or overly restrictive with the rules?
- Â If there are vacant tracks of land close to the
neighborhood, find out how they are zoned. Donâ€™t be surprised by the
construction of a noisy commercial building that can wreck your sleep and your
Ultimately, only you can determine which if any of these
situations are â€œdeal breakersâ€. If you know the problems in advance, you can make an
educated decision as to whether the home and the neighborhood that goes with
it, are really right for your family.