To help you, we’ve compiled a list of 4 tips to help you uncover the truth about your new prospective home.
1. Go on a late night drive by
Nothing is ever as it seems. Just because a prospective neighborhood may look peaceful during the day, does not mean it’s the same at night. Before placing an offer on a home, take the time to drive by it at night. This will give you a better idea of what the neighborhood is like at all times, and it will give you some peace of mind in knowing you’ve found a safe area to live in. This is especially important for prospective buyers who have children.
2. Ask the neighbors lots of questions
Always, always, meet your potential new neighbors and ask them questions. You would be surprised at how much information they’d be willing to share with you. Start the conversation off slow by asking about the surrounding communities and what fun things there are to do. Once you’ve eased the flow of the conversation, begin asking in-depth and tougher questions regarding the neighborhood crime and safety. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
3. Do some research
Do some general research online about the neighborhood your new prospective home is in. You should also consult with your real estate agent and ask him/her to provide you with as much information as possible. The more informed you are, the better. Find out as much information as you can about the neighborhood zoning, and if there are any laws you should be aware of. Because you’ll potentially be moving into this home for the long-term, it’s important that you look up what leisure actives are around, and if the home is located in a good school district.
4. Take note of nearby houses
Location means everything. If you’ve found a potential dream home but you notice it’s surrounded by not so dreamy houses, you may want to reconsider. It’s important to keep in mind that some day you may want or need to sell, and you may have a harder time reselling a home if the houses around it are unkept and messy.