Take a Walk on the Boardwalk (or Sidewalk)
If you’ve ever played Monopoly, you’re likely to have picked up the Chance card, which says, “Take a stroll down the Boardwalk.” If you get beyond Go…”
That is sound advice when purchasing a new house. When you find a house you like and are considering making an offer, take some time to go about the neighborhood. This will provide you with a good idea of what life would be like there.
After all, the last thing you want is to purchase a wonderful property only to discover that the neighborhood has difficulties that make life unpleasant.
If you have children, determine the distance to nearby parks, playgrounds, schools, and community centers.
If you commute, you may also want to consider the route from your house to your place of employment. Is there a left turn that is prone to traffic congestion in the mornings?
Additionally, see how well the residents maintain their homes. If homeowners appreciate their neighborhood, they are more likely to maintain their houses in excellent condition.
Take time to listen while you walk. Are you susceptible to being irritated by noise from local high schools, industrial regions, or highways? Determine if the town is located near an airport flying route or a railway line.
If you have the opportunity, speak with some of the individuals on the street. Inquire as to what they like the most about living in the neighborhood. You’re sure to get some open – and beneficial – responses.
Finally, spend some time envisioning yourself as a resident of the neighborhood. Can you see yourself taking use of the community’s amenities?
If so, purchasing a property in that location is likely to be a wise investment.