How to Spot a Bad Neighborhood When House Shopping

House shopping is an integral part of planning for the future.  We walk through the rooms and consider where our furniture would fit, what we would like to paint, and how our lives could play out in these spaces. But, unfortunately, even a seemingly perfect home might have its issues.

Sometimes that issue is the safety of the location.

If you're new to the area or fresh to shopping for homes, here are the top ways to stop an unsafe neighborhood when you're looking around.

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Look At The Condition of the Other Homes

How do the other homes in the neighborhood look?  Are they well taken care of, or do they look dilapidated and run down?  If some of them make it difficult to tell whether they're vacant or not, it might not be a good neighborhood.  Areas with many vacant homes might have issues with squatters, which could become a problem when you purchase your home.  Cities like Detroit have offered extraordinarily cheap houses, yet unfortunately, the drawback is these are already lived-in by someone else.  Do your research before you put yourself in the place of a landowner having to evict someone.

Talk to the Neighbors

One of the best ways to get to know an area is to talk to the people currently living there.  While you're looking at the property, keep an eye out for any neighbors out in their yards.  Try to talk to them a little to get their views on the neighborhood.  If they want to move as well or have loud opinions you don't want to live near, this isn't the neighborhood.  There's no Halton real estate worth living next to someone who will annoy or anger you every time you have to talk to them.  Although they’re your neighbor and you won’t have to talk to them every day, you should be wary about what the other people in the neighborhood are like.

Learn About the History of the Area

Please get to know about the neighborhood by looking it up online.  This could be through a neighborhood watch website or application or by googling the crime statistics of the surroundings.  If you notice more than a couple of violent crimes in the area in the last five years: this might not be the place for you.  Unfortunately, the denser the population, the more violent crimes will show up, so be aware of how many people live in your area before passing judgment.

Pay Attention to the Schools in the Area

Unfortunately, the areas with the worst schools are often the ones with the highest crime rate.  Pay attention to how the local school ranks compared to other schools in your city; if you realize that the school has a bad reputation or is rated incredibly low: you're probably not in a great area.  You must understand the socio-economic issues that cause a place to forgo putting funding towards education and consider if that's somewhere you want to live.  Although a home in this area may be more affordable, think if the worry of safety is worth it.

There you go! I hope this helps. Remember: deciding on where to live, may it temporarily or forever, is a major decision. Think about it wisely!

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