When you're in the market for a new house or apartment, chances are you only visit the property during the day with a real estate agent. Before you sign the paperwork, drive by on your own at night to get a feel for the area.
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Popping in at night might help reveal any boisterous neighbours, streetlights directed into your building's windows, and give you a general idea about the neighbourhood's safety and parking situation. It's no substitute for actually living there for a few weeks, but you may find some red flags that could put you into a bad housing situation.