In The Market For A New Home? 3 Reasons You Should Talk To The Neighbors Before You Buy

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If you're in the process of looking for a new home, you need to talk to the neighbors. You might think that the time to meet the neighbors is after you've purchased your home, but that's not actually true. The best time to get out and meet the neighbors is before you even put your initial bid in on the property. When someone has their home on the market, they have one goal in mind; to sell their home. They may tell you the information that they're required to by law, but that doesn't mean they're going to go beyond that. Before you buy a home, you want to make sure that you really know what you're buying. After all, you're not just investing in real estate, you're investing in the entire neighborhood. You want to learn as much as you can before you make that investment. Here are three reasons why you need to talk to the neighbors before you put a bid on a house.

Get a Feel for the Neighborhood

When you're looking for a home to buy, you're usually focused on the home itself. However, you really should be focused on the home and the neighborhood, and not just how the homes look. You also want to get a feel for the neighborhood itself. Talking to the neighbors is a great way to find out what the neighborhood is like. This is also a good way to find out if the neighborhood will be a good fit for you. For instance, if you prefer to keep to yourself, but the neighborhood you're looking at has a real community feel – including group potlucks and street parties – it might not be a good fit for you. Likewise, if you're more community-minded, but the neighborhood seems to be filled with people who prefer their privacy, you may feel as at home as you'd like to.

Find Out What's Not So Great About the Area

When it comes to buying a home, you want to know what's great about the area. However, you also want to know what's not so great about it. Unfortunately, when someone has their home on the market, they might not be so quick to share those not-so-great issues about a neighborhood, or a community. Talking to the neighbors will help you identify those not-so-great issues you'll need to know about, such as water that's tested on the poor quality side, or delayed response time for emergency services.

Learn About the Hidden Quirks

When you're in the market for a new home, you want to avoid as many surprises as possible, especially when it comes to the home. That's where a visit with the neighbors can come in handy. For instance, talking to the neighbors may identify a long-running problem with local wildlife. It might also uncover the fact that the home you're looking at has flooding problems during every torrential rain storm. Avoid the unwelcome surprises by talking to the neighbors before you put a bid in on a home.


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