When you’re buying a new home, it’s important to explore the local neighbourhood before taking the plunge – especially if you’re moving to an unfamiliar area. If you can, spend a full day and evening exploring the area on foot, visiting nearby parks, shopping centres and restaurants. There’s nothing quite like spending a night in a place to get a proper feel for the locality, and whether it’s right for you.
To make sure you don’t miss anything on your viewing, write out these points before your visit, along with any extra questions you may have. Keep a note of any special features or problem areas as you go, and use these observations to help make that big decision – should you make an offer, or keep looking?