Buying a home in Lake Tahoe is a lot like dating. Most people have to check out a lot of houses before they find the “dream” home. Likely you have done all your research…..or have you? Even if you are bordering on creepy, like driving by repeatedly or calling your Lake Tahoe Realtor enough that you worry they may block you after the transaction closes, you may not know all that is necessary. Thankfully, we have some tips!
Check out the area in the evening after the lights have gone down. If you feel like night time drive-by’s are pushing the limits with your interest on the house, you can actually gain a lot of knowledge you wouldn’t find out otherwise. For example, how well lit is your street? And if it is well lit, will any of the street lights interfere with sleeping or shine brightly through the windows? Also, how safe is your neighborhood at night? Doing a little drive through will show off any unsavory characters that come out after dark or if there is unwelcome noises from local businesses or neighbors. These are things that could be a large annoyance after a long period of time.
During the day time, stroll through the neighborhood and chat with anyone who is out and about. Explain that you have an offer in on a home for sale in Lake Tahoe and get as much nitty gritty as you can. You may want a social neighborhood or you may want a really quiet one. Attempting to communicate with the neighbors while walking around will shed some light on what the atmosphere is.
Likely you have already checked out the neighbors, but ask your Lake Tahoe real estate agent about the neighborhood. An unkempt lawn or run down house may seem like no big to the untrained eye. However, a quality Realtor will be able to give you more insight. Example: A major one is the surrounding homes potentially bringing down your properties value.
This may seem like a headache to do, but go down to the city department and get all the info you can. Zoning for example is a huge one. If your neighborhood is zoned for commercial, you could potentially find yourself sharing a block with a loud bar or busy retail outlet, which could increase the noise and traffic. Other things to find out are crime statistics and flood zones. Pretty much any intel you can find on the property could unearth some pretty important details.
And as always, be sure to check with social media. There are several apps that allow you to keep an eye on the neighborhood and stay updated on any current events that directly impact you and your new home.
For more information on general real estate information in Lake Tahoe, call 530-543-6676.