Take a Walk when Shopping for a New Home
If you’ve played the game Monopoly, you’ve probably picked up the Chance card that reads, “Take a walk on the Boardwalk. If you pass Go…”
That’s good advice when shopping for a new home. When you see a property that you like and you’re thinking of making an offer, spend some time walking around the area. This will give you a better sense of what it’s going to be like to live there.
After all, the last thing you want is to invest in real estate of your future dream home, only to find out later that there are issues with the community that makes living there not so desirable or fitting to your lifestyle.
Keep In Mind…
If you have children, see how far a walk it is to local parks, playgrounds, schools, and community centers.
If you commute, you may want to check out the route from the home to your place of work. Is there a left turn that is likely to get backed up in the mornings?
Check out how well the people take care of their properties. Homeowners tend to keep their homes looking good if they enjoy the community.
As you walk, listen.
Are there noises from nearby high schools, industrial areas, or highways that are going to be unpleasant for you? Find out if the community is near an airport flight path, or if there is a railway in the area.
If you get a chance, talk to some of the people on the street. Ask them what they like most about living in the area. You’re likely to get some candid – and useful – answers.
Finally, spend some time visualizing living in the area. Can you see yourself enjoying what the community has to offer?
Beyond the Location
Beyond location, look at the site of the home.
- If the home is on a hill, does it have a view, a walkout basement, or lots of stairs to climb?
- Do neighbors' windows look directly into the home?
- Is the yard suitable for kids, pets, gardening, or other uses?
- Is access to the property safe regarding driveway elevation or stairs to the front door?
If you take a walk on a sunny day, check the windows. When you want natural light to flow into the home you may want larger windows that are well insulated to let the sun in and also keep the heat in. Fixed windows do not open so if you love fresh air in the spring you may want to be sure the home has single or double hung windows.
Investing In Real Estate
If you have checked off all the boxes, then buying a home in that area will likely be a good choice for you.
If you’re like most of our satisfied customers at Ivica J. Homes, you also want everything to go smoothly, with as little stress as possible.
You ensure that happens by working with a real estate agent who truly puts you first. Our “clients-first” approach means that you’ll be working with a professional who listens to you, provides expert advice, and works hard on your behalf.