When buying a house, many people have checklist of what they want included in the property itself. But there are a few additional things home buyers should consider looking into before making their final offer. While the house might meet be the home of your dreams, the surrounding areas and other necessary information should be a priority as well.
Crime Report: Look into the crimes that have been reported in the area. Check the sex offender’s registry. Be aware of your surroundings
Schools: Every school is given a rating and when having school ages children; it would be beneficial to know what school your child will be zoned for.
Surrounding businesses: How far away is the closest grocery store or gas station? Be pleased with the businesses you will have to frequent.
Noise Factor: Is the home close to the freeway? Airport? Will outside noise be a big issue for you?
Visit home at different times of day: The home will look different at night compared to the day. Check out the street lighting. Pay attention to any additional outside noise that might occur at night.
Consider the commute: Try to find multiple ways in and out of the neighborhood you are considering in order to get to and from work.
Street Parking: While this isn’t always an issue, some neighborhoods have only certain areas for vehicles leaving very little space for visitors or additional cars.
Drive around the neighborhood: Are there a lot of kids? Are the yards nice? Most HOAs take yards and community cleanliness into consideration but it is also a great thing to look into yourself.
Remember to be happy with your surroundings and the perfect house will be there for you.