Before Buying, Check Out a House at Different Times of Day
A home changes drastically throughout different times of the day.
A quiet, relaxed Saturday neighborhood may be entirely different on a Tuesday morning. Traffic from the local church on Sunday may have an impact on the neighborhood’s atmosphere as well.
David Feldberg, the owner of Coastal Real Estate Group in Newport Beach, suggests that his clients visit their prospective home during multiple different times of day, in order to understand how it is to live in the neighborhood where the home is located.
Listed below are times when it would be worth checking out the area where a buyer is looking for a house.
Pay attention to just how long it takes to leave your driveway and really get going on your commute to work. If public transportation is a viable option for you, track how long it takes to travel through that method as well.
It’s helpful to find out if traffic, construction, or nearby pets contribute to noise during the day, but there are other reasons to visit early in the morning as well.
This is the best time to seek out someone who will be able to keep an eye on your home in the middle of the workday, if you’ll typically be away from the house until evening. You may even want to ask if they can accept delivered packages for you.
If your home is located near a school, it would be worth waiting around to see if children will cut through your yard and damage your property. Traffic is also important to keep an eye on, as streets can become very congested around this time.
You should test how long it will take you to return home from work, too. If you intend on relaxing after work, especially outside, you should be sure that evening traffic doesn’t cut straight through your neighborhood.
Furthermore, however unlikely it may be, your neighbors may like to grill outdoors, which may present issues for some buyers.
Liane Jamason, an associate broker at Smith & Associates Real Estate in Tampa, Florida, advises that you scope out to see if your neighbors are notoriously loud. One of her clients quickly found out that a neighbor of the home she was looking into buying, frequently had large parties during the middle of the week.
It’s important to visit the neighborhood after dark in order to figure out how safe the neighborhood is when the sun goes down. Buyer should also keep an eye out for any suspicious activity, neighbors, or areas around the neighborhood.
If it is possible to enter the home, you should definitely do so. It would be unfortunate to finally get settled into a home and then find out a neighbor’s light blindingly fills your bedroom. For more information regarding buying a new home, [Click Here].