As home buyers in the Minneapolis area , we tend to research homes a lot. We look at square footage; at upgrades; at landscaping; at community statistics; and, at every other “number” on which we can get our hands.
But those are just statistics. What about the home’s “feel”?
In this 5-minute piece from NBC’s The Today Show, you’ll learn a dozen complementary home-shopping techniques to help you review and evaluate a home for purchase. Each is focused on findings you won’t see listed on a website.
For example, instead of scheduling your second showing for the same time of day as your first one, revisit a home during an “opposite” time. if you originally saw the home in daylight, go see it at nighttime. If you first saw a home on the weekend, go see it during the work week.
By seeing a home in two distinct settings, you can get a better feel for what the home and neighborhood are really like.
Some of the other tips from the video include:
- Visit during Rush Hour and on a Saturday night. This will help you gauge sound levels of the street.
- Go to Google Maps and study the aerial shot of the home. What’s nearby?
- Talk to neighbors. They’ll share everything about the neighborhood with you — good and bad.
When you buy a home, you committing to more than just the property. You’re committing to the neighborhood, too. Armed with the methods described in this video, you’ll be better prepared to make a good decision.