You have found the perfect home. It has the perfect number of bedrooms, the porch is beautiful – and that kitchen! All the pieces fall together and you are ready to settle in. But before you sign that dotted line, have you checked the neighborhood?
Your neighbors are one of the most important factors to consider when moving into a home. When you buy a house – you buy the neighborhood too. You can’t easily sell your house and move again when your neighbor next door starts getting a bit weird – so it is best to find that out ahead of time.
When looking at a new home, take a minute to meet the neighbors. Not in a “stalker” kind of way, but actually pop on over and say hi. Start a conversation, and ask them polite and non-intrusive questions about the neighborhood. You will likely find out most of what you need that way.
Also, it is usually a good idea to do an online search of public records. Do the police show up in that neighborhood a lot? Are there any sex offenders there? What about crime rates?
By doing your homework and putting in a fewextra moments, you can make an educated decision.