Live Before You Buy: How to Truly Test Drive Your Next Home

You’ve toured the house and you like what you see. But what is it really like to live there?


Practice Daily Life

Some of the most important aspects of living in a home never show up during a walkthrough. How is traffic in the area? Ask your agent about the typical morning commute. Are alternate routes available? Better yet, get to the home early and do a practice commute. Drive back at the end of the day, too—congestion may be different.

What is the neighborhood like? Your agent may have sold other properties nearby and can describe the area. Is it pet-friendly? Do cars tend to speed down the streets? Take some time to wander around. Chat with neighbors and passersby and ask what it’s like to live there. Is it under a flight path? Does noise travel from other properties? Does the area have ongoing wildlife or pest issues?


Understand the History

It’s nice to know a little bit about your future home. Ask your agent when the property was built and how many previous owners it’s had. Was the home custom-built by the owners or one of the models in the subdivision? You can do your own research online as well.


Share Your Concerns

Picture yourself living here. How do you feel? What concerns you about the property? Are you worried a sloped backyard will drain into your home? Share your thoughts with your agent. They may be able to address your concerns or find out who can.

Exploring these aspects can provide valuable insights and help you make a more informed decision. At Belmares Properties, we’re here to guide you every step of the way.


Ready to find your dream home? Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward your new life in San Antonio!