If you are in the market to buy a home, you should scope out the neighborhoods that you are interested in. A simple drive through of the neighborhood will give you a good idea of what it is like. If the homes are well kept, then its safe to say that people in the area take true pride in their homes. On the other hand, if there is a lot of junk sitting on the curb or in the yard, chances are people in the neighborhood will continue to live this way. These types of neighbors could become a real issue for you in the future.
Don’t heavily rely on this alone, it is always a good idea to meet some of the neighbors. This will help you get a better idea if these are people you will feel comfortable living close to. They could also give you some facts that the seller does not inform you of.
Meeting the Neighbors
Fining the home of your dreams can be very exciting. The location is perfect, the style of the home is exactly what you were looking for, and the home has many updates. Best of all, the price is right. You make an offer to the seller, and they graciously accept. The for sale sign in the yard has been taken down, and the home is now yours.
You then decide to take the opportunity to meet some of your neighbors. To your surprise, they do not have great things to say about the area. One of them discloses their aggravation with your new home’s basement that floods frequently, because your sump pump drains in his yard. You think to yourself, “How can this be?” The seller never disclosed this in the selling agreement.
Another one of your neighbors protest that the fence that was built by the former owners is too far on his property, and many of the bushes that are just on the other side of the fence are truly theirs. Another thing the seller forgot to disclose to you.
Questions You Should Ask The Neighbors
When you have decided that you really like a home, you should always take the time to get to know your neighbors before making an offer. Here are some questions that you can ask them to ensure the home you are buying is in a neighborhood that is suitable for you and your family.
Have you lived in this neighborhood for a while?
What are your favorite things about the area?
What are your least favorite things about the area?
Is there anything you would change about the street that you live on, if you could?
Are the neighbors friendly and does everyone get along?
Do you know anything out of the ordinary about the home you are about to purchase?
Is the neighborhood free of crime?
Is the neighborhood quiet or is there a lot of disruptions?
Are there any reasons why the seller is selling their home?
Has the current owner of the home every complained to you about the home?
Neighbors will typically disclose important information that could really help you make the decision as to rather or not the home is right for you. Takeing a few minutes to ask these questions can save you a lifetime of regret.
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