Looking to buy a new home? There’s a lot to consider. Make sure you’ve covered your bases before you sign on the dotted line:
- Is it in a safe neighborhood? Some websites track recent criminal activity like www.crimemapping.com. The local police department should also be able to provide crime statistics specific to your neighborhood.
- Planning on having kids? Have them already? Check out the school district. Talk to neighbors, read newspaper headlines, or visit the state department of education’s website www.gadoe.org.
- Get a home inspection. It might sound like a no-brainer, but don’t take what you see at face value. There are plenty of potential problems and pitfalls that a home inspector is trained to spot.
- Enough space? Try and picture the whole family settled in, enjoying an evening movie in the living room or den. Picture your family at the dinner table. Keep it practical.
- Drive through at night. Sometimes, the perfect neighborhood might seem different when dusk descends. Be on the lookout for potential red flags like poor street lighting.