Choosing the right home After viewing all the listings that interested you & met your criteria, you will need some method to sort through all the homes and listings you see and review. Don’t rely on an agent to do it for you. Bring a digital camera and a notepad so you can jot down your impressions and record locations you like. It helps to have a shot of the address so you can sort through the photos later and identify which house they belong to. In your note-taking you want to jot down the physical details that impress you or turn you off about each location. Jot down notes on appearances, color choices, structural designs, and the neighborhood itself. Note the location and how you have to travel to it while going to and from different listings. This gives you an idea what the surrounding area offers as well.   Keep notes on what your adjacent neighborhood will offer as well. If it is a used home, get an idea what the nearby neighbors are like. Do they park all over the street or are their cars in the garage? Do they keep a good front landscape or are there weeds and burnt patches in the lawn? Do surrounding homes have 2nd floors overlooking your one-story backyard? Is there loud music coming from backyards or is the area quiet? Are you on a street or a cul-de-sac or court? These are all signs of how the adjacent area behaves which can make your life enjoyable or a chore in your new home. Also take notes on the regional location.  Are you near a river or levee that risks possible flooding? Is there a nearby factory that makes noise or emits smells? Is there a highway nearby that makes noise at all hours? How about a baseball park or high school with bright halogen lights? All these things and more will impact your property enjoyment, so consider the possibilities before signing purchasing papers. Once you have a short-list of locations and homes, usually less than five locations, then take some time to experience the neighborhood for used homes. If possible, drive to the locations in the evenings or at night and park. Watch the area for about 30 minutes to see what kind of night traffic occurs. Then, revisit the homes again. Since you’ve narrowed your field, you will examine the home even more closely the second time as a hard decision on whether to buy or not. Almost every time the second visit to a prospective home will pick up issues missed the first time.
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