The location of a home determines its value and desirability; it also determines your overall satisfaction. A few things to keep in mind:
- Don’t just visit the prospective home on the weekends. What’s the traffic and the noise like on a Monday morning. Will you be on a school route? If possible, stay overnight nearby so you’ll have an idea of how things are on a workday 8am.
- Check the sidewalks. Sidewalks are a safety measure and should be in good repair. The lack of sidewalks may mean that taking a stroll around the neighborhood could be a risky proposition,
- Local foreclosures. Foreclosure trends can be a good indicator of the local job market as well as the state of the neighborhood long-term.
- Local amenities. Do your homework on schools, crime rate, parks as well as nearby shopping.