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Are you buying a new home? It can become easy to spend most of your time thinking about the features and amenities that the house will provide to you, your spouse and your family. You want to make sure it offers the right amount of space and layout for the right price. 

Yet don’t forget about the location of the property. Go beyond just thinking about whether it is located in a great neighborhood and near schools. Also take into consideration the commute you must make to work, stores, and other places. 

Drive Around the Neighborhood at Different Hours 

At the time when you first viewed the house on a weekend, the traffic may have been light as you could easily get to the destination. Yet traffic patterns change during morning and evening rush hour commutes. This can increase your mileage costs when trying to get to stores, work and doctor’s appointments. Understand how traffic is around the house at all hours and at locations where you plan to frequent to get a greater understanding of the neighborhood’s traffic routes. 

Public Transportation and Walking Options 

You may be a person who enjoys a quick walk to the store or down to the local park with the kids. Another thing to take into consideration is how easy it is to walk to certain places. You want to talk with neighbors and research road conditions to see if there are any dangerous intersections nearby. Also, if you plan to take public transportation, you want to make sure that you can take the bus, subway or train to certain city locations. 

There are many things to take into consideration when purchasing a home. Keep in mind how the commute will be around the neighborhood and how it may impact your finances and lifestyle.