With all the hustle and bustle of daily life, the many responsibilities and obligations that we tend to throughout the day, it’s no wonder a home is considered a sanctuary. It’s where we go to unwind, relax and spend time with those we love the most. Home is a special place, where we let our guards down and make the most cherished memories. No matter how many vacations a family may go on, nowhere else could ever take the place of home.
That’s why when you’re looking for either your first home or a new place to live; it is always beneficial to do your homework before signing the lease/mortgage.
In addition to all the amenities of the potential residence, the great school district and seemingly friendly neighbors, you need to be certain that the neighborhood you are moving into is a safe one. Not everything is always what it may seem with the naked eye.
Two websites I highly recommend is crime reports and spot crime. These sites will show you on a map where sex offenders live and where crimes such as theft, burglary, vandalism, robbery, assault, etc. have taken place. When you see too many dots in one area, you know that is not a safe place to live.
If you are relocating to another city or state all together, I would suggest visiting city-data forum. It is a forum where you can learn more about the new area where you will be living. You can make posts asking questions to natives of the city. For instance, if you’re moving to Houston, TX you may be curious about the humidity or how often they’re affected by hurricanes. You can also ask about certain neighborhoods or even traffic for your commute to work every day.
Knowing what you are walking into ahead of time takes some of the stress out of moving. But even in the safest of neighborhoods, you should still always be protected. A firearm, stun gun or Pepper Sprayare all good self-defense weapons. Being prepared will make you less scared!
Happy house hunting!