While the internet a is wonderful resource for today’s home shopper – there are still some things an old fashioned drive by can do that the internet can not!
It’s very easy to get wrapped up in a home’s features listed online – here are a few important things you can learn just by driving past it:
1. How long is the commute to work?
You might consider driving to the house directly after or before work. Maybe you didn’t really think the drive was that far when you checked it out that leisurely Saturday afternoon – but what’s it like when everyone else in the area is going to work? How long will it take you to find a break in the traffic so you can turn out of your driveway? There’s really only one way to find out.
2. Who else uses your road?
What other vehicles or activity do you notice on the street in front of the house you want to buy? If you have bike riding children, it might be nice to see other children are safely using the road. If you have a dog that barks every time a noisy car goes by – it might be good to know if your neighbors maintain their mufflers…
3. What’s going on late at night on the weekends?
You may want to consider a few evening drives to the home to see what your neighbors are up to. We’re not encouraging spying – but if you drove by a few different nights and your neighbors were throwing a huge party each time …you might want to take that into consideration.
4. Is it easy to do errands?
So you may have noticed there’s a grocery store just a few minutes away. But does it sell items you want to buy and can you afford it? How about a gas station, library, school, hospital, or any other destination you frequent? Just some thoughts to consider before you commit to a future in the home.
5. Will it feel good to pull up to this home day after a long day and will you feel pleased and proud that you own it?
Money isn’t everything. It may be the greatest bargain you have ever come acorss….but at the end of the day, can you feel yourself calling this place home?