If you’ve been in the market for a home, you know that you can tell a lot about a potential neighborhood by driving through it. You can see the types of cars people drive, how well a lawn is manicured, if there is trash everywhere or if everything appears pristine and luxurious.
You can see if people are out talking to their neighbors, if kids are outside playing, and if the homes are smaller or all large and in the higher price range. The only problem with simply observing these factors by driving through is that you can’t get an insider’s point of view. The best thing you could do is to speak with neighbors to decide if that neighborhood is a good fit for your next move.
What questions should I be asking the neighbors?
When you’ve decided to speak with the neighbors, start by asking the right questions. Any of these questions are a good place to start:
- Do you know why the seller is selling their home?
- Are you aware of anything odd about the house or your own?
- Is there anything the owner has complained to you regarding their home?
- Is the neighborhood typically quiet or have loud noise?
- How is the crime in this area?
- How long have you been living in this neighborhood?
- Do the neighbors all get along well?
- What’s your favorite part about this neighborhood?
These are good questions to start with. It opens the door for the neighbor to share additional information with you that you may have missed.
What will the neighbors be able to tell me?
Along with these types of questions, your neighbor will be able to tell you things like if they know the basement in that house recently flooded or if one of your nearby neighbors is a heavy smoker that smokes on the patio by your house.
Speaking with neighbors before buying a home is the best way to get the insider scoop and to find out about things you won’t hear about on the contract.
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