The 10 Best Times Of The Day For House Viewing!

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Some people take years to find the property of their dreams; others take mere days to view, decide, and sign the Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA) all in one go!

Regardless of how long the property-purchasing process is, it can be quite an emotional process, even if you’re only looking for a place to rent for the time being.

A home should be your sanctuary and comfort zone, a place for you to escape from the world. That’s why deciding on one is such a huge decision. There are so many factors to take into account before you buy a property!

Aside from the type of property, you need to consider your budget, the safety of the neighbourhood, the proximity to your office/child’s school, amenities in the area, etc.

Within those factors come the prioritisation of wants vs. needs too. Sure, you’d love a home with an Olympic-sized infinity pool and is low-density, but would it still be your dream if it meant commuting 2 hours to your workplace every day?

Before settling on a property, it’s best to check out the neighbourhood at different times of the day to make sure it’s suitable for you and your family.

If you’re someone who absolutely HATES traffic, you wouldn’t want to get stuck in one, just metres away from your doorstep!

1) 6.30am – 7.30am

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If there are any schools within the vicinity of your home, one thing to expect during early mornings would be the noise levels and congestion.

You might not have school-going children, but you’ll still need to share the road with those who do, so it’s best to find out just how bad traffic can get.

Things to look out for:

The volume of traffic/congestion

Temporary road closures/redirection

Noise

2) 7am – 8am

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The peak hours for work commutes are typically between 7am – 8am, but depending on the time you clock into work plus how far you have to travel, some can begin their morning work commute before 7am!

Drivers may also drive erratically to reach their offices in time, so it’s important to note the speed limit in the area and if there are any accident-prone spots to be aware of.

Things to look out for:

The volume of traffic/congestion

Long queues at traffic lights or speed bumps

Heavy vehicles (lorries, oil tankers, trailers)

3) 9am – 10am

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Once everybody’s out of the house, the mid-morning hours mark the start of construction, whether it’s a DIY project by your neighbour, or a full-fledged condominium project down the street.

If you’re buying property in a neighbourhood that’s being developed, you want to know how much development is going on, when it will be completed, and how close it is to you. But why?

Because you’ll have to put up with not only the noise pollution, but frequent dust, debris, and heavy vehicles along your route. You may be able to endure it for 6 months, but not 3-4 years until the project’s completed!

Things to look out for:

Any renovation, construction, or redevelopment work

Heavy vehicles (lorries, cement trucks, etc.)

Any unusual traffic at this time

4) 1pm – 2pm

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If you live close to a school, the early morning is the first peak hour and early afternoon is the second as school’s out and students are released.

Although there may not be as much traffic at this time compared to the mornings, there’s the added risk of excited children crossing the road without looking both ways. Exercise caution, always remember to slow down in this area, and abide by the speed limits.

Things to look out for:

The volume of traffic/congestion

Temporary road closures/redirection

Kids crossing the road

Lunch-time traffic

5) 5pm – 6.30pm

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The after-work rush hour is perhaps one of the best times to monitor the traffic around your neighbourhood as that’s when everyone finally returns home after a day at the office.

Bonus points if there's a sudden heavy thunderstorm (hello, flash floods) which will then allow you to see just how horrifying traffic conditions can quickly become!

As everyone gets back around the same time, neighbourhood entrances may experience a high flow of traffic, queues at the guardhouse/boom gates, and parking spots may get snapped up quickly.

Things to look out for:

The volume of traffic/congestion

Availability of parking spots

6) 9pm – 10pm

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It can be really convenient living close to a shopping mall, but be prepared to face heavy congestion at certain times, especially during closing hours as shoppers rush to exit the mall and head home.

Not only that, but shoppers may opt to use smaller residential roads to evade congestion, so if you own a home along those paths, take note of this!

Things to look out for:

Post-shopping traffic

Safety of the neighbourhood

Noise

Air pollution

Interference from neighbours

7) 12am to early morning

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As most settle down for bed, some in your neighbourhood may not, and that’s the difficult part. Despite the late hour, there’s the risk of noise pollution and any disturbances that may occur in your neighbourhood and affect your rest.

Things to look out for:

Noise pollution

Safety

Pubs/bars nearby

8) 10am - 1pm on weekends

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Oddly enough, traffic at these hours on the weekends can be slightly congested, almost like a phantom traffic jam.

Our theory? People are finally awake after recovering from their late night fun and heading out for brunch or a late lunch.

Things to look out for:

The volume of traffic/congestion

9) 12pm – 2pm on Fridays

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On Fridays, these hours are set for Muslims to perform their prayers at their nearest mosques. However, due to the influx of visitors, roads leading to or close to the mosque may become congested.

Hence, if you’re scouting around the neighbourhood and find that your home is close to a mosque, it might be best to check if there are any alternative routes you can use.

Things to look out for:

The volume of traffic

Haphazardly parked vehicles

Noise

10) Any hour of the day

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Sometimes the biggest revelations happen when we least expect them, and they could happen at any hour of the day.

When you’re scouting for potential properties and neighbourhoods, don’t forget to take into account the surroundings and how they might affect you.

For instance, living near a hospital may be convenient for emergencies and especially if you have someone that needs clinical care often, but are you ready to put up with the constant sirens?

Things to look out for:

The volume of traffic and parking spots

Tight corners/intersections and errant drivers

Noise

Air pollution

Neighbourhood safety

Besides visiting at different times of the day, you should also visit during different types of weather to find out how the neighbourhood fares then.

Do the roads get flooded when it rains? Are there many trees that might fall and block the road? Will the afternoon sun shine right through your windows and blind you, or heat up your home?

You can also do some online digging about the neighbourhood or join some community groups to know more about the ins and outs of the area. The more you know about the place you’re going to call home, the better!

Although there can be no perfect house that fits all your criteria, your home is supposed to be a haven from the world, and that means keeping you and its occupants safe.

It might seem tedious to stake out your prospective home like a spy and visit it oh-so-often before you move in, but it’ll be worth it as it’s something you’re signing up for for the long run and can’t cancel easily.

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