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New Home FinanceInspect Your Potential Home's Surroundings Before You Buy
Consider the impact your neighborhood can have on your personal investment. You may wish to avoid neighborhoods that have a lot of elements that you don't want in your day-to-day life, like noisy partiers or run-down neighboring houses. The value of exploring the neighborhood before you buy and see if there are elements that may inhibit your enjoyment of your property cannot be emphasized too much.
What do you want in your neighborhood? Do you want it quiet and peaceful or do you not mind parties and social events? Are you able to shut out the noise of frequent lawn mowing and children playing or do you find these things require earplugs for you to enjoy your home? There's nothing wrong with not liking loud parties or kids using your lawn as a shortcut. However, if you move into a neighborhood that has a lot of college students or young families, you are either going to end up stressed about the noise or possibly creating bad feeling among your neighbors for, in their eyes, moving in and trying to change an established neighborhood.
Some people cannot abide rowdy children or loose dogs, yet buy houses in places where these elements are because they didn't think to inspect the neighborhood as well as the home. Instead, check the area out at different times - especially on mornings and at "rush hour". Come by on weekends. Note if there seem to be a lot of activity or elements that you don't like.
Ask the neighbors about the neighborhood, but be positive. If you want to avoid the noise of children, ask if there are a lot of young families in the area. Inquire about rowdy teens. If you are a pet owner who believes in the leash laws, ask about loose dogs and cats and whether they are a problem. Be upbeat and friendly and most people will be happy to tell you all about their neighborhood and who is in it.
Check the neighborhood out in the newspapers and online. Look for crime stories, complaints, etc. Check the neighborhood online; there are presently a growing number of cities that have websites and city neighborhoods are starting to be represented on the Internet as well. City forums and regional information can give you an idea of where your neighborhood stands for nuisances.
Some people find that, in order to have the lifestyle they desire, an adult-oriented or upscale community is what will afford them the most enjoyment out of their homes. Don't forget to inquire into this lifestyle, as it may afford you the opportunity to experience a neighborhood that is in keeping with the atmosphere they are seeking. Many communities have rules about noise, uncontrolled animals and are stricter about trespassing. An upscale condo may also be the answer to your aims. These properties also have the advantage of being low-maintenance.
Just as a home inspection can give you a good idea, but not guarantee that your home is 'perfect', coming around at various points of the day and night, after work and on weekends isn't guaranteed to give you a reliable idea of what the neighborhood is like, but it's a start. Coming around at different times can give you an idea of how the neighborhood 'flows' and what kinds of people live and work there. Asking questions and checking out the neighborhood in the news and online can give you a better idea of how well it will fit with your desired lifestyle.
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