What to Consider before Buying a House
Visit houses that you're interested in at different times of the day. What seems like a quiet family neighborhood during the day could very well be a noisy, busy neighborhood once the sun goes down. Pay attention to parking, neighbor interaction, and traffic through the neighborhood.
Talk to the neighbors. If they are outside, ask for neighborhood information or tips. You may want to know if the neighborhood is primarily made up of renters or buyers, younger or older residents, and if there is a neighborhood association.
Familiarize yourself with the surrounding area. Noise or traffic issues may arise if the home is near an airport, shopping center, highway, or high school football stadium. If you're interested in taking advantage of public transportation, check to see where the stops are in the area. Knowing the area before buying can help to avoid headaches in the future.
Buying a house is a huge decision. Taking the time to understand and participate in the process will save time frustration in the future.