Making the decision to invest in a new home can be exciting, but the process of purchasing real estate can be overwhelming as well. Unfortunately, between requests for your credit reports and appointments for walk-through inspections, it can be easy to overlook some basic things that can have a huge impact on your happiness level in your new home in the future.
Here are two things you should be watching for as you shop for a new home.
1. The quality of your potential neighbors.
Investing in the purchase of a new home represents a significant commitment to spend several years in a new neighborhood. The quality of the people living in the neighborhood surrounding your new home can influence your happiness level in the future, so it's important that you take time to research your potential neighbors before you make the decision to put an offer on your house.
Try to talk with the individuals living in homes adjacent to a property you are considering to get a feel for their personalities. If you don't think you will mesh with these individuals in the long run, it can be best to seek a new home in a neighborhood more suited to your personality preferences.
2. The slope and length of the driveway.
Paying careful attention to the slope and length of the driveway connected to any properties you are considering could save you time and effort in the future. If you live in an area where heavy snow frequently falls, you should determine if you feel comfortable shoveling the length of the driveway early in the morning before work in order to free your vehicle. This is especially important if you don't have access to a snow blower or other automatic snow removal machine and must shovel the drive by hand.
You should also check the slope of the driveway. If you have children, you don't want their toys to be constantly rolling into the road because your driveway's slope is too steep. Paying attention to these minor driveway details will help you purchase a home that won't cause you undue frustration after you move in.
While many new home buyers focus on square footage and upgrades as they shop for homes for sale, it can be just as important to pay attention to the quality of the neighbors and the length and slope of the driveway when evaluating potential properties to invest in. Taking the time to watch for these factors will ensure that you end up with a home that is suited to meet your long-term needs.