Buyers: Visit a Home During these Hours

Buyers are smart to visit a home during different hours to get a true sense of the neighborhood. In the typical house hunt, buyers see homes during the daylight hours and occasionally at night. But there are imperative, additional experiences. If you think about your current neighborhood, it’s likely you know it’s rhythm. You probably know when the neighbors usually come and go through the week. The traffic on the nearest, busiest street. In addition to knowing what to look for in an open house, you should be in-the-know about neighborhood around-the-clock.

Buyers: Visit a Home During these Hours

Okay, so you find a great neighborhood. It’s in an ideal location and is busting with the charm you love. You’ve seen it online, in-person, and even stopped by on a weekend just to sneak a peek. What’s more, it’s just the right size, with room to grow and best of all, it’s under your budget. You’ve done so much to get to this point, from improving your credit score, to saving a down payment, along with all the extras, like moving, earnest money, and inspections.

Buying a house can be confusing, overwhelming and make buyers feel completely broke by the time they get the keys, but being freed from a landlord and throwing away rent payments can also be incredibly liberating. From finding the best agent to making it through a bidding war. Once you find a home you love, visit the neighbors to make sure it will be a livable situation. It also helps to visit the neighborhood at different times of the day to get a better feel of what life there is really like. —

Now, you’re ready to submit a purchase offer to the seller. You are ready to commit to buy and aren’t worried about the seller turning down your offer. But, before you submit a purchase offer, you should know as much as possible about the neighborhood. After all, this is a huge investment and you don’t want it to turn into buyer’s remorse. Here are the best times to visit a home before putting in a purchase offer:

  • Early morning. Between the hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., much happens in the average neighborhood. People are going to work, arriving home from the night shift, and children are going to school. You should see what unfolds on a typical weekday morning to know how it will affect your commute.
  • Mid morning. About 10 a.m., things are quiet — or are they? If the house is near a new construction development, noise will be a factor. While most people are out of the home during this time of day, those who work at home and/or stay home parents will certainly benefit from being aware.
  • Midday. The 3 o’clock midday hour is also a potential busy time of day because this is when school is out. You should know if there are children who use your yard as a shortcut or if there are school buses coming through and blocking the road.
  • Late afternoon. From about 4:30 to 6 p.m., people arrive home from work. If you don’t work at home, this is something you should definitely experience. You should know if the street is lined with vehicles or if becomes a detour for a nearby road project.
  • Evening. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., it’s time to get the party started! Or is it? That’s what you need to know because you could buy into a neighborhood with party animals. Even if it’s quiet, pay close attention to the street and neighbors’ lighting. Take notice of lights because these can shine brightly into a bedroom.
  • After midnight. About 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. is a potential noisy time frame. Planes and trains travel during these red-eye hours and if they fly or roll by the neighborhood, it’s something you definitely want to know before committing to buy.

If you are considering buying a home here in Orlando, contact us for the latest market information. Together, we’ll find a house that best fits your wants and needs.