Visit a home you like at these times…
A neighborhood during midday can look and sound drastically different in the evening. Home buyers should spend more time scouting out the house they’re interested in at various hours of the day and night to determine if the home truly is a good fit.
The best times for buyers to check out a property before buying:
8 a.m.: Drive the area in rush hour. How will it affect your commute, whether that’s a drive in to work or using public transportation? Start from the home and run the routes.
10 a.m.: What do you hear now? Construction, traffic noise, or barking dogs? “I would also drive my street on a weekday and see how many people have cars in their driveways,” Feldberg says “Are there other neighbors around, or does it look like a ghost town?”
3 p.m. School is out, so what does the neighborhood look like now, especially if the home is near a school. Are children cutting through your yard and into your future flowerbed? How is the traffic and would you feel OK letting your own children walk home from school?
5:30 p.m. How’s the commute home? “If you are envisioning sitting outside relaxing with a glass of lemonade watching your kids ride bikes, you don’t want to find out too late that Waze is redirecting traffic through your quiet neighborhood,” the realtor.com® article notes.
9 p.m.: Wild parties in the evening hours? How safe does the neighborhood feel at night? Is it well-lit or dark? Feldman suggests his clients park their car in front of the house and roll down the windows to check the noise and their comfort level.
3 a.m. Check for planes, trains, and traffic noise. You don’t want to discover you can’t sleep because of the noise after you move in.
DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2016