I found this on The American Success Institute's Page, and thought it would be helpful.
[b]Before You Make An Offer:
A Neighborhood Questionnaire[/b]
When you purchase a home, you are also buying into a neighborhood and community. So, it is important when contemplating the purchase of a specific home that you also evaluate the neighborhood to ensure that it meets the standards and has the amenities that you expect. Here's a quick questionnaire to aid your thinking:
1. Overall Appearance. Are the homes attractive and well kept and are the streets clean and well maintained?
2. Neighboring Homes. Are the neighborhood homes of the same size and in the same price range as the proposed purchase?
3. Neighbors. Does it appear that the age composition of the neighborhood is what you are looking for; i.e., with or without many school-age children?
4. Schools. Are schools and playgrounds nearby, or will transportation be necessary?
5. Public Transportation. What type of public transportation is available and what distance is the transportation from the home?
6. Public Services. What is the status of police and fire protection? Where is the nearest hydrant? Is trash collection available? When? Is the water supply adequate? Have there been any problems with the local drinking water?
7. Medical Facilities. How close is the proposed purchase from the hospital, physician and dentist offices, emergency medical services, etc.?
8. Flooding. Is the area high enough to prevent basement flooding and water backup from the street?
9. Security. Is the neighborhood adequately lit at night?
10. Noise. Are there any unusually annoying noise disturbances from factories, airports, highways, etc.?
11. Odors. Are there any unusually unpleasant odors from factories, sewers, rivers, etc.?
12. Power Supply. Are there any high-tension power lines in the area or other power supplies, which may interfere with, radio, TVs, etc.?
13. Telephone. Will you be located in an area where the majority of your calls will be local and not long-distance?
14. City Streets. Are the streets owned and maintained by the city?
15. Cable TV. Is cable TV service available in the area?
This is a great post, Pam! All of these questions are perfect. Other things I look at include:
Are there bars on the windows of the homes around the block?
What kind of cars are parked on the street?
Who is walking around the neighborhood at day/night time?
There are a ton more, but these are but a small addition to your list.
Nice Pam. Cash - your Day/Night comment was right on! You can't really get a good feel for a neighborhood/home unless you see it during night and dark hours. Great Info!
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