Take Advantage of the Rain

New Orleans Home Buying Tips

So here we are with yet another day of thunderstorms and steady rain in New Orleans.  What’s that got to do with buying a house?  Plenty, if you know what to look for.

Use the rain to your advantage when house hunting

Take advantage of all of this wet stuff and you might save yourself from making a mistake in choosing a neighborhood.

Drive through the subdivisions that interest you and see if the streets are holding a large amount of water.  During a deluge, there will always be water in the streets, because the pumps can only handle so many inches per hour.  But if it’s just a steady rain and streets are starting to flood, it might be worth taking a second look at the history of that neighborhood.

Check out the drainage of the lots in a neighborhood.  The street may be a little low, but if the lots themselves sit a little higher and are draining quickly, that’s good information to know.  If there is a drainage servitude on the property, during the rain is the best time to see how that really works.  At the back of my lot, we have a utility and drainage servitude.  The way the street was designed, drainage occurs at the back of the lots and flows from one end of the block to the other.  The closer you are to the end, the more water that might back up into your yard during a heavy storm.  It’s not always a bad thing, but it’s something you want to know.

Drive by a few of the houses you like and look for red flags.  Standing water can be an indicator of low spots in driveways, yards and walkways.

Are you actually out looking at houses today?  The rain is your friend when you can get up close and personal with how the gutters are working.  Climb the stairs and check for leaks in the attic.  One commonly overlooked item is a carport – often you don’t realize that they leak until you get that first storm after you’ve moved in.

So, while it might make for a bit of a messy day, take advantage of this rain and use it to help you make a smarter home buying decision.


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