Date: March 25, 2016 Author: Damon Harris
When it comes to buying a house, there’s a lot more to think about than the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and square footage. In fact, one of the most important things to consider during your search doesn’t exist within the walls of your home at all. It starts with choosing a neighborhood.
When you are ready to buy a home, there are things to think about after you focus on bedrooms, kitchen appliances and square footage. Many home buyers forget to think about safety.
When you buy a home you just aren’t getting a house you are becoming part of the community around the house. This means you need to make sure that the neighborhood has everything you need and this includes safety.
A low crime rate not only indicates that a neighborhood is safe, but it keeps the property value up and brings in new families. So before you move, here are some resources that will help you find out what goes in in the “hood”.
This online tool will help you determine if there are any registered sex offenders living in the neighborhoods you’re considering moving to. You can also sign up for free notifications that will tell you when offenders move in or out of the area.
SpotCrime is one of the most popular websites for tracking crime. The user-friendly platform just needs an address. It will then create a map with icons that correspond to different types of crime. What’s even better than your local police department is that you can register to be alerted to criminal activity in a neighborhood.
We love NeighborhoodScout because it allows you to create a custom search. Simply identify an area that’s on par with what you’re looking for safety-wise and the website will find comparable neighborhoods in any state.