Things to Considering Before Making an Offer on a Home

Before you write that check for your earnest money deposit, you should take a little time to investigate the house and the neighborhood so you have a better idea of what you’re buying.

Check the crime report.

Your local police station will have statistics on crime and you can also go to www.crimereports.com to find information according to a particular address or ZIP code.

 Check on the schools.

Even if you don’t have children, buying a home in a good school district is an important way to make sure your home maintains its value. You can find information on each school district website.

 Check for local amenities.

You can go to Google Maps for a Street View of a community to see what’s nearby to find out what is within walking distance of the home. If you have a particular activity that you enjoy, such as tennis or golf or swimming, find out how far you’ll have to go to get to a facility.

 Check for neighborhood amenities.

If you’re buying within a homeowners association, you can usually find information online about community activities, but even in areas without an association some neighborhoods have frequent community-wide gatherings or sports leagues.