Wednesday, July 5, 2017

5 Things Not to Overlook in Homes on Chicago's North Shore

When shopping for a home on Chicago's North Shore, there will be many factors to consider, making it easy to overlook others. For instance, if you're concerned with the number of bedrooms, you may be quick to pass over how long your commute might be in this new location. As your local North Shore real estate expert, I have included below five factors not to overlook in homes in Northbrook, Glencoe, Winnetka, Deerfield, and Highland Park:

Your commute time
As I mentioned above, it is important to take into account how long it will take you to get to work each day from a new location. You may love the home itself, but if it's going to take you much longer to commute every day, you will want to weigh your options.

The neighborhood at different hours
Especially if you visit the home during the day, homebuyers can quickly overlook what the neighborhood might be like at night. Is it noisier once all of the neighbors are home from work and school? If you're strongly considering a home, be sure to visit at all hours.

Homeowners association
Some condos and homes on Chicago's North Shore are part of a homeowners association and are required to follow a set of rules regarding everything from landscaping to paint colors. Be sure to review the bylaws of the association if you find yourself interested in a property.

Resale value
You may not be bothered by a certain feature of a home on the North Shore, but that doesn't mean others won't be when the time comes to sell. It's always wise to be thinking one step ahead—in this case, to resale—as a buyer, especially if you plan to only be in the home for a short time.

Room to grow
From growing families to a growing need for storage, be sure not to overlook how much space the property has for your belongings. Think hard about what you might need in the future and if this home has the potential to accommodate or if you'd need to move again.

If you're shopping for a new home in Northbrook, Glencoe, Winnetka, Deerfield, Highland Park or the surrounding areas of the North Shore, give me a call today! I

Janie Bress
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