After months of searching, you think that you have found the perfect home and want to make an offer on the home.
The home seems to have everything that you’ve been looking for and more.
But what if you missed or forgot something?
When buying your home, you need to consider more than just the home itself. There are numerous things that need to be considered that if overlooked can lead to heartache.
What can you do to ensure that your home buying experience is a success?
Look Closely at the Neighborhood
Considering the neighborhood and area where the home is located is one of the most important things you need to do.
- What activities and amenities does the community have?
- How are the schools?
- Are there any annoying sounds and smells?
- Is the area safe or are there a lot of small crimes?
These are good questions that you need to ask and get answered about the neighborhood before it is too late.
Visit the Home and Neighborhood at Different Times of Day
You should come back for a second showing and make it during a different time of day from the open house or first tour. In the evening, notice not only the changes in light, but the atmosphere in the neighborhood.
- Are people out sitting on porches?
- Which parts of the house and yard get the most sun?
- Is it noisy?
You are bound to discover different things about the house and neighborhood each time.
Consider Your Commute
You might not have even considered this but a bad commute can really turn your home purchase into a disaster. Many of the map apps for smartphones will be able to show you the commute times.
Test it during different times of the day to see how the times differ.
- How long is your morning commute?
- How long is your evening commute?
- Are there ebbs and flows at various times of the year?
It may turnout to be a lot longer and more frustrating than you ever expected.
What do you think?
What do you think is important when buying your home? Please let me know what they are in the comments.