Will I be happy in my new house?

There is no guarantee that you will be happy in your new house or neighborhood. Indeed, although I have no psychological training, I know from first hand knowledge that happiness comes from within not from physical objects, money, houses etc…

 However there are things you can do to prevent any rude surprises. If the broker assures you that you will be happy, say goodbye to the broker, ASAP! Be forewarned, there is a high probability that after the sale, the broker will say the same to you, if you complain.

 Do your homework! You probably will hire an engineer and a lawyer to check out the structure and legality of the house, but did you take the time or effort to check out that a loud band does not practice, after hours, next door?

 A good idea is to talk to other people in the neighborhood. If you are not from the area, take the time to go to a neighbor meeting, a social event at a house of worship will do nicely.

 Also walk the neighborhood during the day and at night. Do you feel secure? Is there innocuous business during the day that maybe a problem at night?

 Try to buy the things you like from the neighborhood stores. Are they too expensive? Do they have the specialty goods available in your neighborhood?

 There are demographics on every neighborhood. Take the time to check them out. Are you moving into a community of retirees, with school age children? Do the schools work? Remember, while you may not send your kids to the local public schools, your tenants might. Are you a car collector in a neighborhood infamous for car thefts?

 Recently, I met a couple who where all excited about moving into a dense downtown area. They were both suburban people, who were used to going everywhere by car. The house they looked at was just right for them. They had acquaintances and co-religionists nearby. But it came as a shock, when they learned at the last minute there was no place to park their cars! (Has anyone heard of “No Park Slope”!)?

 Remember, happiness comes from within, but contentment in a house, like all important things requires hard work.

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