July 28, 2008
Top Ten Questions to Ask Yourself About a Prospective Neighborhood
Before committing to a particular property, it is very important to get a feel for the neighborhood. Yes, a house may be everything you dreamed of, but it's a rude awakening when you realize the neighborhood is not. It's very important to visit the property at various times of the day, so you get a feel for the atmosphere. Also, ask yourself these ten questions and do your research!
1. Do homeowners take care of their properties?
-Are lawns well-manicured?
-Do they take pride in their garden?
-Is trash picked up?
2. Is there remodeling going on?
-Are homeowners making improvements?
-What does the appreciation look like in this neighborhood?
3. Are the people friendly?
-Do neighbors wave and say hello?
4. What kind of cars do I see?
-Are there abandoned vehicles on the street?
-The type of cars in a neighborhood can be a window into the income bracket.
5. Is this the right school district?
-How are the schools rated?
6. Does the neighborhood have the amenities we are looking for?
-A community pool?
7. What are the crime rates?
-How does the neighborhood fare with auto-theft, burglary, etc.?
8. Is it noisy?
-Do neighbors throw late night parties?
-Yappy dogs next door, or a band that likes to practice at midnight?
9. Does it have the right demographic for me?
-Families? Young professionals? Senior citizens?
10. Is the location convenient for my needs?
-Are there restaurants close by?
-A grocery store?
These 10 questions will help you decide if a property is right for you. Happy hunting!
Julie with The Allen Group