April 08, 2021 at 10:30am | BBHST Admin
By Kyle Spearin

Buying a home is not just about the home itself. You also want to find a home that is in the right neighborhood. Many homeowners have found themselves unpleasantly surprised after move-in day, and you don’t want to be one of them! Before you fall in love with a home and make the big purchase, you always need to check out the neighborhood. In this article, we will discuss easy ways to find the right neighborhood and avoid any problems.

Collect Crime Report Information

Crime reports can tell you a lot about the neighborhood that you are moving into—the good and the bad. With crime reports, you can learn about the darker side of your neighborhood. Using these reports, you can find out what kind of trouble might come knocking on your door—and this can be a lifesaver. You want to know in advance if cars keep getting stolen or if you are at risk of having your home broken into. While every town has crime, and some are severe enough to be avoided if possible. If nothing else, having this information can empower you to be aware of potential threats.

Visit National Sex Offender Public Website

Sex offenders live in every area, but there are some areas with higher volumes. Knowing who lives in your neighborhood can help you to stay safe—and might help you to keep your family safe too. Since these crimes are a matter of public record, you should always be able to know if your neighbor up the street has a dark past. Make sure that you use this information to make an informed decision to help you stay safe. The reality is you just never know your neighbors, but tools like this can really help you to learn more.

Talk to People Living in the Area

Before you move into a neighborhood, talking to the locals is always a good idea. A simple chat with someone from the area can help you to decide whether or not a neighborhood is the right neighborhood. People are generally excited to give their opinion, and they might be able to let you know some important information that the home seller might not disclose.

In addition to simply learning more about the neighborhood, talking to the neighbors can help you to start establishing connections before you move in. This is a great way to be able to start getting to know them and might play a role in your willingness to even live there. Plenty of people have been unhappy to find that their next-door neighbors weren’t the best people. If you talk to them, you will have much better insight into this.

Personally Visit the Area

Even if you are moving from a place that isn’t nearby, you should always personally visit the area you are moving to. The right neighborhood during the day can suddenly become the wrong neighborhood at night. You don’t want to find this out after you move in, so make sure you really use your time to head out and explore.

There are a lot of considerations to keep in mind while you check out an area. You will want to look at important factors like street quality and the general cleanliness of an area—but that isn’t all! Simple considerations are important too. Where is the closest pizza place? How far is the grocery store? Do they have a gas station nearby? Knowing these answers can help you to determine if the area will suit your needs.

Visiting an area is important because it will help you to get a feel for life there. Take the time to check if there are barking dogs or even kids being loud in the street. Every neighborhood is different and the right neighborhood for you might not be the one that you are looking at. Be sure to look at it from a realistic perspective and ask yourself how living there will really feel.

Review the Development

Researching the development of an area can tell you a lot about your future happiness there. In general, most neighborhoods are trying to advance. This might mean freshening up parks or adding new major businesses. Try to get an idea of how the neighborhood has changed with time. Is it a growing place or does it seem like it is stuck in the past? Knowing these answers can tell you a lot about what to expect from living there, particularly if the neighborhood has been declining in recent years.

Visit Hospitals and Schools of the Area

You don’t know a neighborhood until you know the hospitals and schools in the area. Whether you have kids or not, knowing about the school system can be beneficial. It can tell you what to expect for kids in the area, but generally it will tell you about the priorities of an area. Schools are the future. If the schools aren’t being maintained, it can be a bad sign. The same can be said for hospitals. In most cases, you want a hospital nearby that is equipped to handle various traumas effectively. This can be the difference between life and death after an accident.

Visit the Community or Owner Association Office

Most modern neighborhoods have offices designated to serve the public. They can also tell you a lot of great information about the neighborhood. If you want to know more about the culture and local living in a new neighborhood, it pays to ask the people who care for it. Set up an appointment at one of these offices, or just give them a call. They are always happy to answer the questions of a potential new resident and should be able to help you learn what you need to know. It is also a great way to get some insider information!
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