Buying a new house or apartment is a big move. It’s going to be the place where you hold parties, travel from and maybe even raise a family. While you may have already looked into the work commute and evaluated the local public schools, here we’ll focus on five important aspects of a new house most people overlook.
1. NOISE POLLUTION
Most people don’t think to check for noise pollution when scouting for a new home. Your home is your refuge where you will spend the majority of your day. You will spend weekends sleeping in and hosting gatherings for friends and family. You don’t want noise from nearby trains, airports and streets to ruin a relaxing weekend. Most people don’t think about these things before moving in. Don’t make the same mistake.
Remember to inspect the house during rush hour to gauge exactly how much noise you’ll have on a day-to-day basis. This is especially important for apartments in the city.
2. CELLULAR RECEPTION
More and more people are cutting the cord these days. Home phones have become a thing of the past and cell phones are the main form of communication. If you fall into this category, check for good cellular signal for both cellular and data connections in your potential new home.
Let’s face it: Not every part of a city gets a strong cell signal which is a necessity today. You don’t want to be left out of plans or miss an important phone call because the signal couldn’t go through. Make sure your house isn’t located in a dead zone.
3. LOUD NEIGHBORS
Noisy neighbors are a cliche but a real life nuisance. They could be a problem you don’t want to deal with for years. Don’t be afraid to talk to neighbors and ask about the noise level in the community. You can get valuable information about how the neighborhood functions and a better sense of the community you’re about to move into.
4. DAYLIGHT AVAILABILITY
Daylight varies throughout the day. It’s easy to be happy with the amount of daylight a house receives if you see it in the morning. However, as the day wears on, the amount of light a house gets can vary widely.
This depends on the direction that the house faces and the number of windows in the house. If daylight is important to you, be sure the check the house in the afternoon and evening hours. It’s possible that a house may actually get less light than the home next door.
5. TRAFFIC CONSIDERATIONS
Living in the suburb brings distance from the hustle and bustle of city life. Usually, it also means a commute into the city for work. If you have to commute for work, you may have already taken distance into account — but what about traffic? The biggest factor for travel time is the amount of traffic on the roads during rush hour. Long lines on the highway could lead to dramatically longer commutes.
Before you move, make a quick drive to work from the suburb you plan to move into. You’ll get a better sense of how much time you’ll spend on the road and what routes you can take to reach your workplace on time.
Are you looking for a new home? Finding the right place to live is a once in a lifetime decision you don’t want to make alone. Cityscape Brokers can help clients through the home buying process, making it easy and manageable. Visit our website to learn more about finding a new home.