Interview Your Prospective Neighbors Before Closing on a House

Services for Real Estate Pros with Lang Realty

I can see it now --- you purchase your dream home, move in and are "happy as a clam" until the drums start rattling at decibel levels similar to a Motley Crew rock concert.  You run outside to see what the commotion is all about only to find that your neighbor across the street is stripped down to his underwear, on top of a pedestal, prepping (in his garage) for his rock band tour which is starting sometime in the next few months (once his agent sets up a few venues for him).  Picture Courtesy of the way, his music is terrible!

So, there it is.  You just spent a whole "boat-load" of money on a new home only to be blessed with a constant in-house iPod.

Now you're stuck.  You can be the confrontational new neighbor and address the issue.  You could call the police and complain about "quiet enjoyment".  You could relax and enjoy the rock band.  <-- oops, that's not really a valid option.

In an effort to make yourself feel better, you call your Brother for some "feel good advice" but can't have a conversation with him because the music is too distracting. 

You wonder to yourself why it's always you who has the bad luck -- then it dawns on you -- "if I had only tried to find out a little about the neighbors PRIOR to buying the house, perhaps I would not be in this situation."

The bottom line is this:  When you are considering the purchase of a home, knock on a few doors in the neighborhood.  You may learn a little about your prospective neighbors.  While you don't want to classify anyone by their appearance, you should be able to learn a little about them PRIOR to your purchase.  They may even give you some insight regarding the property which could be used in a future negotiation.

Posted by

Rick Schuster

Licensed Real Estate Broker - Jaycee Realty, Inc.
Licensed Title Insurance Agent - Home Guardian Title, Inc.
Licensed Mortgage Broker - Leading Edge Mortgage Corp

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Boca Raton, FL 33431

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Comments (5)

Gina Tufano
Ask Gina & Company with Pearson Smith Realty - Sterling, VA
Ask Gina & Company, Northern Virginia Real Estate

Speaking with your potential neighbors is such a good way to discover what the neighborhood is all about as people always love to talk about what's happening!

Sep 22, 2011 01:34 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Rick....good point....whether it's a new construction subdivision or a resale neighborhood, always meet the through on weekends and talk to everyone who is outside....make a point of asking who is who....and what situations are occurring in the area....and who does what!!!

Sep 22, 2011 01:45 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

This is great advice. You might meet your new best friend.

Sep 22, 2011 01:51 AM
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Absolutely excellent advice!  The other is to drive from your "new home" to work during rush hour.  It will give you a good estimate of what your life will look like if you purchase!

Sep 22, 2011 04:47 AM
Rick Schuster
Lang Realty - Boca Raton, FL
List with Rick, Sell it Quick!

Gina and Debbie:  Thanks for the comments!
Barbara and Kathy:  Thanks also for the comments and great additional advice concerning good times to "drive by".

Sep 22, 2011 08:51 AM