Ask any homeowner and they will tell you how much time and money they spent buying a house & lot for sale, and the stress and confusion they had to go through in the process. This article aims to provide you with enough knowledge to help you when it’s time for you to purchase your own home. There are a lot of topics that need covering, but for now, we’ll stick with location.
The reason why we are primarily focusing on location is that it’s one of the first things you consider about a house. Let’s compare it to a relationship: when you met your significant other, did you hear them first or see them and were attracted to their appearance? What was your initial reaction upon seeing the house for the very first time? This is important because this will be where you’ll be basing your opinion. If the house’s outside appearance attracts you, then you go inside to see if the interior is as appealing as the exterior. Again, in terms of relationships, after the physical attraction, you then need to get to know what the person really is like on the inside to see if there’s something there. This is what buying a house for sale will be like. Later on in this article, we’ll discuss what it is you should be looking for in an ideal property. If you’re visiting the home for the first time, it’s important to use your gut in determining if you want to see more of it. However, like relationships, it’s also important to know that first impressions usually are just first impressions. How many people have you dated that you didn’t exactly click with right from the beginning. While some of these relationships end quickly, there are still those that go on indefinitely. If you’re having second thoughts, it wouldn’t hurt to drive by the home a second time. It’s kind of like having a second date with someone. Although some don’t go on to a third date, it’s still necessary to go a second time to make sure you didn’t miss anything on the first meeting.
How safe and secure is the house?
You always want to make sure that the house is located in a safe and comfortable environment. While driving to the home, did you see if the street lights are close by and if there are enough of them around the area? A lack of street lights is usually a sign of poor maintenance by the local government or the electric company. You might even assume that crime and mischievous activity is rampant in the community. Another thing that you might want to consider is the neighbor’s yard: is it well-maintained, or does it look like it hasn’t been mowed in years? If your assessment is positive, then you can go ahead and consider other location-related factors.
Does it sound and smell right?
Once you’re out of the car and walking towards the house, it’s time to let your other senses work, particularly your sense of hearing and smell. Is there an industrial odor or sound in the air that can indicate a factory or waste facility nearby? Do you hear sounds like kids playing or music being played somewhere? If it’s coming from a nearby school or houses with children, this is a good indicator of a pleasant neighborhood. On the other hand, if the noise you hear is too much to handle, you probably should reconsider looking at the home and think about another area.
How accessible are the public facilities?
When looking at a house based on its location, never forget to consider its distance from various establishments you frequently go to, like work, school, church, banks, hospitals, and malls. Find out how near or how far the home is from these places. To see if they are at a reasonable distance, drive from the house to these places at different times of the day. Don’t think that you’re being overcautious; remember, you will be going to these establishments often if you do decide to live in the house. Driving or commuting to and from these places at different hours will let you experience changes in traffic patterns during rush hour. Try to see if there are alternate routes that will get you to these places faster. Doing this will also make you more familiar with the area. Usually, when a real estate agent drives you to a home, they leave the same way and this could be either it’s the only route they know, or they don’t want you to see a less desirable part of town. You’re the one who might be living there so it’s OK to ask the agent to take different routes.
What’s it like during the weekend?
Before you decide, there is one last thing you need to consider about a house & lot. Not all house hunters will bother going to the house on a weekend during the day or at night to see what the neighborhood is like on these days and at these hours. What if your neighbors do work during the day and then party like there’s no tomorrow on the weekends?
After checking all off these factors and feeling satisfied with your inspection, there are just a couple more things that you need to do as far as location is concerned.
Have you really gotten to know the entire area?
This time, go online and check out satellite images (which you can find through Mapquest or Google Maps) of the neighborhood to see if there is anything close by that might have a negative impact on you. Make sure you also pay a visit to the local government and check out the location’s most recent census. If you want to do it yourself, just type in the address of the home and get the information you need, whether it’s 5 miles or half a mile from the house.
Whenpurchasing a home, you have to try and learn as much as you can about it. Starting with its location, know all that you can and don’t forget to ask all the questions you can think of before making a final decision.
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