Buying a new house is an exciting adventure, but if you're not looking beyond the house, you're not looking at the big picture. When you buy a house, you're buying more than just the structure. You're also buying everything that goes with it. Unfortunately, if you stopped looking once you fell in love with the house, you might be in for a few surprises, and some of them might not be so pleasant. Taking the time to look at the bigger picture will ensure that you're happy with the entire view. Before you settle on your new house, here are three things you need to look at first.
The Nearby Neighborhoods
Your home is more than just the street it's located on. Your home entails the neighborhood it's located in, as well as the surrounding neighborhoods. If you've just looked at the neighborhood your home is located in, you might be missing some clues that would tell you to look elsewhere. Before you buy your next home, drive around the surrounding neighborhoods. Spend some time checking things out late at night, early in the morning, and even on the weekends. You'll get a much better picture of the surroundings if you investigate the neighborhoods during different times of the day and week.
Your Drive to Work
If you don't work out of your home, chances are the purchase of your new home will affect your drive to work, even if you'll be in the same town. While you're shopping for your new home, make sure you spend some time mapping out your drive to work from each home you're considering. The home you're looking at might not seem so ideal if it adds an hour to your drive time during rush hour traffic, or requires you to take a more congested route.
HOA Limitations and Regulations
If the home you're looking at is located in a gated or planned, community, make sure you familiarize yourself with the HOA limitations and regulations. Some HOAs include strict limitations and regulations on how homes can be used within the community. They may even have strict landscaping guidelines or rules on how you can decorate your home during the holidays. Make sure you understand and are comfortable with the HOA guidelines before you buy a home.
Don't get locked into something you're not comfortable with. Before you purchase your new home, use the tips provided here to identify potential issues that might interfere with the quiet enjoyment of your new home.