Whenever we entertain a potential purchase, there is a usually a considerable amount of research involved. If we want to buy a new camera we will do ample research on the various brand, type, size, quality, specs, colour, and costs of camera before putting our credit card down. Why is it that we don’t give the same amount of detail in to our research process when we look for anew home to live in? We tend to put our faith in to trusting the surface information that is given to us by our agents, property management staff or simply through word of mouth. It doesn’t hurt to be extra curious though - especially when you are on the hunt for a new home.
Have you ever tried Googling your address or a potential new address? Search-engine research can deliver noteworthy results to uncover the niceties as well as not-so-pretty details about a prospective home. The word Google has become synonymous with the daily necessities of our lives, so it makes sense that we should also Google our address, especially when on the prow for a new accommodation. We google everything from dinner recipes to celeb gossip to our newest "frenemy" in business, but there isn’t a subject that should tickle our curiosity more than our own home. It’s where we live, breathe, store our most prized belongings and become vulnerable and relaxed from the outside world. There is no other thing we should do more research about!
Here are some very good reasons why you should start Googling your address, here’s what you could find.
To scope out the street-view
If you have never played around with Google’s “Street View” function, you must give it a try. It’s similar to an augmented-reality experience, and we really have to thank technology for the advancements given to us as free tools. Google Street View allows you to explore the world in a virtual reality fashion - you can explore world natural wonders and landmarks, even step inside locations such as museums, arenas, parks and transport hubs! It’sis an amazing way to transport yourself to physical place (since we don’t yet have teleportation powers). You can get a very real experience of feeling like you are in the physical location just by simply typing in an address. This will allow you to view a street up and down, view the homes and buildings next door, and even learn whether the home you are interested in is surrounded by any of-interest points such as supermarkets, local stores, highways, churches,schools, and so on. You can get pretty detailed on your Google stroll actually.You can even scope out the size of your potential home, how close you are to other buildings and neighbours, the number and types of greenery on the property, a view of the front of the home or building, the intersecting roads…etc.You can also scope out your address from an aerial perspective, which is something that you can’t even do when you physically view a property unless you are on a chopper!
We should tell you that Google Street view may be outdated at times, so you could possibly be viewing images that are not presently the same anymore. Maybe the house that you are interested in has been renovated in the last month, or the new building complex that you are looking for move in to wasn’t yet built at the time that Google Street View was updated there - so there are caveats and limitations to this tool. It still doesn’t hurt the have a look though!