Test the Travel Patterns for Your New Home Before You Buy

Posted on: September 26, 2013

Many people pick out specific neighborhoods that are close to schools or work when they’re shopping for a home. But what seems close enough may not actually be accessible during peak travel times. You can’t just look for something within an X-mile radius of your important amenities – you need to actually test out the travel patterns for any home you’re considering before you put in that offer.


Figure Out How Long it Takes to Get There

Your travel routine is a big part of your day. When you’re shopping for a home, you don’t just need to know how far you are from work or other important destinations. You also need to know how long it will take to get there at the time you’ll be driving there! Work might be an easy 20-minute drive away on a quiet weekend day, but that could quickly turn into an hour-plus slog during busy rush hours!


Try driving to work and other important locations during the time you’ll actually be driving the routes. You may find that while it makes sense on paper, a specific neighborhood may have traffic obstructions that would make it unsuitable for everyday living.


Important Destinations to Consider

Don’t just think about how far you are from work; there are a lot of other destinations you should consider when you’re shopping for a home. If you have a child, figure out how far it is to the nearest convenience store or grocery store. You may not want to drive 20-plus minutes each way every time you run out of milk!


Think about your lifestyle, and identify the amenities that matter to you. How close do you need to be to the grocery, laundromat, gym, school, day-care or other important destinations? Keep traffic in mind – test your travel patterns for these important destinations before you buy.


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