Imagine this scenario: you are awakened every 3–4 a.m. every day to the roar of a plane overhead. While this might not be a huge deal for some, for others, this might be enough to rethink buying a home. The fact is that different times throughout the day change a home’s reality.
For example, the neighborhood may look and feel laid back and quiet during the open house, which falls on a Sunday afternoon, but will it look and feel like this all the time?
This is why it’s vital that you check out all the Wichita real estate listings you’re eyeing at specific times throughout the day to really get a sense of what the neighborhood is like.
Starting from the home’s driveway, track how much time it would take you to get to work, and if applicable get your kids to school, taking into account the red lights and other traffic factors. If you’re going to be using public transport, try that as well.
Check out the potential noise and traffic from nearby construction sites, barking dogs, traffic, and so on. It’s also best that you drive around the neighborhood during weekdays to see if there are people home or if the neighborhood feels like some sort of ghost town.
From a safety standpoint, it’s good to know that there are neighbors around when you’re out at work and perhaps someone nice enough to accept your deliveries for you.
Is there a school near the house? If yes, drive around the neighborhood and park near the house to check if children will be passing through your yard without regard to your garden. If you plan on having your children walk to and from school, check to see if the area is generally safe for walking.
This is the best time to see what traffic is like from your workplace to your home. If you’re picturing in your head just relaxing on your porch with a drink in hand as your children play on the lawn or ride their bikes, you wouldn’t want to find later on traffic apps redirects traffic through your area. You could likewise see if there are children playing near your house that could be your children’s future playmates.
This is the best time to see if your would-be neighbors are getting ready for bed at these hours or if they like to party. Park in front of or near your neighbor’s house and make sure to roll down your windows to determine the noise level.
Visiting this late at night will likewise give you a picture of the safety of the neighborhood after dark. In the event that you can get inside the house you’re eyeing, go for it. This way, you can determine the noise level outside while you’re inside the house.
Basically, drive around the house when you get the chance, but particularly during the suggested hours above to get the real sense of what it would be like when you’re living there.