NEW YORK, Feb. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- 3 Ways to Tell if You Really Love a Home - The curb appeal seems good, the square footage looks about right, and the neighborhood appears to be exactly what you were looking for. If you're keeping score like the real estate experts at Realtypin.com have taught you, you're batting a thousand so far!
But before you go ahead and make an offer on this house for sale, you need to make sure you really love it – with all of its unique twists and turns. But how do you do that if you only get a short showing to check everything out? Simple! Just follow this advice:
1. Drive by a few other times
While you certainly shouldn't lurk around the neighborhood in a creepy kind of way, you need to check things out at different time of the day (and night). After all, everything may have seemed A-OK when you were there for the showing, but that was probably in the middle of the work day, right? What's going to happen later in the afternoon when the kids get home from school, or in the evening when people arrive home from work? You may find that the neighborhood goes through a big transformation!
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For example, when school gets out, your neighborhood may turn into a loud playground for tons of kids. If you're planning on working from home, will you be able to deal with that every afternoon? Or, if your potential next door neighbor celebrates getting off work every evening by blasting Polka music, you may want to think twice if you like to open up your windows and enjoy the cool, breezy nights. However, you won't know about any of this if you only see things during your showing!
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2. Check out the local crime rates
A quick phone call to the local police station or some navigating around on their website can tell you all about recent crime statistics in a given area. That way, you can find out if your potential picturesque neighborhood is actually a haven for car thieves, vandals, or some other type of unsavory criminals.
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3. Examine the local "flavor"
When you buy a house, you get more than four walls and a roof. You also get the entire area around it – like the restaurants, coffee houses, and trendy boutiques. So, go exploring around your potential new home, and make sure it meshes with your lifestyle. For example, if you love eating pizza on Friday nights – and there isn't a good pizza joint within 10 miles of your soon-to-be new place – are you willing to give up that tradition? Or, if you love being able to walk to a fun bar scene on the weekends – and there isn't one nearby – is that a deal-breaker for you? If the local flavor isn't what you were expecting, it might make the home a lot less appealing!