When to Scope Out Your Potential New Neighborhood

If you are considering the purchase of a home, be sure to check it out at different times of the day. You will want to see what the neighborhood atmosphere is like at various times. Many times a new homeowner will not be aware of noise or traffic by their house, until they move in and experience it first-hand. This could sometimes be a deal breaker, depending on the severity of the noise or traffic. Do not be blindsided by a noisy neighborhood, because you did not take the time to scope out the area at different times throughout the day. Your experienced team of real estate agents in Eldon, MO have provided a list of different times of the day you should drive by a home you are interested in purchasing.


It can be helpful to gauge your morning commute if you drive by your potential new home around the time you would be making your way to work. The purpose is to do a test run of what could be your everyday morning commute. This will help give you an idea of traffic at that particular time of day.


Around the lunch hour, if possible, take a spin around the neighborhood in which you have shown interest. Checking out the area can give you an idea of the noise level and what you can expect the afternoon to be like, if you do purchase the home. Also, explore the area at the time school releases. This can also help you gauge the roadway and foot traffic around your potential new home when children get out of school.


Check out the surroundings to the home you are interested in by driving past it after you get out of work. This can give you a good idea of what your evening commute will entail. Try to drive by around the dinner hour as well, to see what the noise level is like in the evening, when most people are home.

After Dark

Take a trip to your potential new neighborhood after dark. This will help give you a good idea of the noise level and traffic around the area. Road traffic can create some noise, but if there is a train track or airport located nearby, that can also make additional sounds. Be sure to roll the windows down when you drive around, to take note of noises near the home. If you wish, you can also drive by at the normal time you would be going to bed, to see what it will be like at that hour, if you do decide to purchase the home.

As you make the various trips to your potential new home and neighborhood, take note of activity and noise levels. It is important that you are fully aware of the environment around your home before you buy it. If you are in the market to purchase a new home at the Lake of the Ozarks, we would be pleased to help you in the process. Devine & Associates can help share knowledge about various neighborhoods in the area, to help you find the right home for you and your family. 

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