Choosing a house to buy is an important decision. After all, you’re committing a lot of money and several years of your life to a particular property. And so, home buyers tend to know what they want, whether it be a large kitchen, an appealing outdoor space, or an ample amount of storage.
However, the large majority of home buyers spend too little time looking at the neighborhood of their potential home. And, make no mistake, the neighborhood you move to will play an essential role in how much you enjoy your new home. Surrounding amenities, schools, and safety are just a few of the factors that can lead to a case of buyer’s remorse. And, according to a recent survey, there are lot of home buyers who’ve experienced just that. In fact, 36 percent of respondents said they’d have chosen a different neighborhood had they known more about the one they moved to.
The reason this is so common is because most home buyers do very little neighborhood research before purchasing their home. For example, less than half of recent home buyers searched photos of different parts of the neighborhood, visited hot spots, researched police reports, or took a trip to the area after dark. If you want to be certain you’re making a smart choice, do your homework and consider the area around your potential home as much as the home itself. Ask the locals about the neighborhood, check the drive to the nearest grocery store, and see if there are any nearby playgrounds or sports fields, especially if you have kids.