Buying a House in the Capital Region
So you are thinking about buying a house in the Capital Region, you’ve been online, found some listings that you want to check out and of course you are working with a Realtor who gets what you want and you feel comfortable having him, or her, representing you. You set some showings up, tour the homes and now you are ready to put in an offer. I’m not going to talk about any of the contract, what to offer,etc, etc stuff in this blog. What I’m going to mention are 3 things to consider that might not be on your radar.
Test Drive the Commute
If you are new to the area, or even if you have lived here for awhile, take a drive from the house at the time you would normally go to work. I know from my house, if I am a minute or two later than normal, I get behind the local school bus and my commute can be 5 – 10 minutes longer. Not a big deal, but something to consider. Check out the commute back to the house too if you get the chance.
Visit Different Times of the Day
I always advise my clients to check out the house and neighborhood at different times of the day. If you have a second showing, try to do it at a different time than the first walk through. How does the sunlight shine in the different rooms. You might want a bright, sunny kitchen. If you are an outside person, maybe you’ll want a garden. See if you will get enough sunlight in the spot you want to grow your veggies.
Talk to the Neighbors
If you make it a point to visit the neighborhood several times, I would suggest that you talk to the neighbors. Neighbors know stuff. The good and the bad. And sometimes you might have to take what they say with a grain of salt. But over all, you will get some valuable information from them. Are there any projects coming up in the near future that you don’t know about that would effect your home or lifestyle. Or maybe there is a new restaurant going in around the corner that you would love… or a park around the corner for your kids to burn up lots of energy. You get the picture. A lot of information that you would not know about is out there if you give a holler and say… hey, I might be your neighbor. What’s happening in this hood!
As always, If you have any questions, get in touch with me. I know stuff!