home buyingWhen you are shopping around for a new home, don’t just look at the home. What you should be doing is asking yourself about the neighborhood, as well. It’s important to spend time in a neighborhood, both in a car and on foot, to determine if it is the right choice for you and your family.

  1. What do the other houses on the street look like? If houses on the street are not kept up, it could mean that the neighborhood is either on the decline or that it is full of renters. However, if people seem to have invested in their homes and are taking good care of their property, they are more likely to be people who are planning on staying in the neighborhood for a long period of time. They are thinking long-term.
  2. Do people go outside? It’s a good idea to check out the streets to see if people are out and about, walking dogs or jogging. You want to join a community that you feel comfortable in. It’s important to check out the neighborhood on a weekend as well as a weekday if possible, because people are more likely to be outside on weekends.
  3. Is there a downtown? A lot of communities can have a historical downtown. You should check out some of the restaurants and stores. It’s important to decide if you want to live in a place with small businesses or with chain stores.
  4. What does your street look like after dark? A lot of neighborhoods can look completely different once the sun goes down. It’s important to walk around your neighborhood to see what it is like after dark.
  5. Have you checked the police report? You can get a police log from the local police department if you ask for it and it can give you a good idea of what crime is like in the neighborhood.
  6. What about your commute? Another good idea is to test-drive your commute to work from the home to your job. You should see what the traffic is like and whether or not you can handle the amount of time it would take you to drive to work. If your commute in your new neighborhood would involve taking public transportation, you should test that as well.

It’s a good idea to see what your new neighborhood is like before you buy a home.

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