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Check commute times

Most property inspections are done on Saturdays when the traffic is much different from during the week when there are commuters going to work and kids being dropped at school.

Before buying a property I check it out at least one morning before work around 8 a.m., and again one evening around 5 – 5.30 p.m. to see if it is affected by drivers racing down your street, or traffic noise you wouldn’t otherwise notice on a quiet Saturday morning.

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Google Maps can let you know expected delays in traffic at a time you specify – Like 9am Monday Morning!

If you live interstate, or can’t get the time off work, you can use Google Maps to factor in the extra time it takes to battle the traffic. As you can see from comparing a drive into the city from Paddington at 9 a.m. on a Monday versus a Saturday, it can take around 6 – 10 minutes extra, adding 50% onto your commute time.

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Traffic increases by around 10 minutes in peek hour.