Post # 1
When you were in the buying process, did you talk to the neighbours?
At what point did you do this?
Did you go knocking on doors, or just walk around for a bit and chatted with anyone you ran into?
What types of questions should you ask?
Post # 3
@AB Bride: I didn’t, but we did look them up on google (try to find them on property tax records which are public). We moved in winter and didn’t end up talking to anyone until June because people didn’t realize we moved in. But I live in a weird neighborhood where people don’t chat with their neighbors. Its been two years and I still haven’t met the people who live across the street from me.
In your case I might wait until moving and take my cues. Also visit the street at different times. Are there block parties and kids out all the time, or is it quiet?
Post # 4
We didn’t talk with any neighbors when we bought our home. We did come to the neighborhood we were interested in a few times after we saw the house. We drove through a few times to get a feel for the neighborhood (weekends, evening time, etc) and we walked our dog there one time, too.
I think it would be a little weird if someone who was just looking at homes knocked on our door, but when a family down the street was looking at a house I said hello to them. Granted, our dog bolted out the front door and into the garage of the home they were looking at, but I would have said hello if I’d been out on the street. Our street isn’t block-party friendly, but we know our neighbors names and talk with each other when we’re both in our front yards/see each other on the street.
Post # 5
Nope we did not talk to any neighbors. We met the next door neighbor when we were moving in. The other side of us neighbor we have never met she is an older lady that is all I know. The family that lives behind us talked to them probably 6 months or so later after we moved in….
Post # 6
I don’t see any harm in it, but I wouldn’t do it with every single house! I had a client do this and he just drove around the neighbourhood in the morning and tried to catch people. Doesn’t really mean that you will get honest answers though, if the neighbours are smart and want the house to sell they’re not going to tell you about the party animals across the street or the airplane noise overhead!
Post # 7
It’s been recommended to me to go door knocking. I thought it sounded a little odd, but apparently sometimes neighbours will provide very usual information about a house. I don’t feel totally comfortalbe with the idea, but maybe I will before it’s time to actually make an offer. I won’t do it for every house I view!
Post # 8
We knocked on the door of the neighbors on the left and right side of our to say hi. We didn’t do this for every place, only the place we put an offer in. Since we’ll be sharing walls, Husband wanted to make sure neighbors are not some crazy person or a jerk.