What To Know Before You Move To A New Neighborhood

The Mountain Life Team Blogger July 6, 2011

As home buyers in the Blairsville and Blue Ridge areas, we tend to research homes a lot. We look at square footage; at upgrades; at landscaping; at community statistics; and, at every other “number” on which we can get our hands. Here in the North Georgia Mountains we especially look at things like Mountain Views, Creek Frontage, River or Lake Frontage, Privacy and Seclusion, and yes even if it has paved roads!

But those are just statistics. What about the home’s “feel”?

In this 5-minute piece from NBC’s The Today Show, you’ll learn a dozen complementary home-shopping techniques to help you review and evaluate a home for purchase. Each is focused on findings you won’t see listed on a website.

For example, instead of scheduling your second showing for the same time of day as your first one, revisit a home during an “opposite” time. if you originally saw the home in daylight, go see it at nighttime. If you first saw a home on the weekend, go see it during the work week.

By seeing a home in two distinct settings, you can get a better feel for what the home and neighborhood are really like.

Some of the other tips from the video include:

  1. Visit during Rush Hour and on a Saturday night. This will help you gauge sound levels of the street. (This doesn’t apply to us here in the Mountains!)
  2. Go to Google Maps and study the aerial shot of the home. What’s nearby?
  3. Talk to neighbors. They’ll share everything about the neighborhood with you — good and bad.

When you buy a home, you committing to more than just the property. You’re committing to the neighborhood, too. Armed with the methods described in this video, you’ll be better prepared to make a good decision.

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