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Choosing The Right Neighborhood For Your Family Part 4 of 4

Lastly, but certainly not least, is to make sure that the neighborhood that you select is among residents that keep their homes and properties kept up. This is important for your own day to day positive outlook as well as the short term and long term value of your investment. Even if your home is well maintained, if you choose a location where your neighbors let their yards go and do not attend to home upkeep and improvement the same way you do, your home value will suffer for their lack of pride in their home and property. It is also likely to cause turbulence among neighborly relations when there is a disparity between your expectations and the reality of the situation.

In this regard, the Internet can aid you once again. Check out the county auditor’s website to find property values for homes in the area. You’ll be looking for trends within the information where appreciation and depreciation is concerned and to more fully understand the current and projected outlook for property values around your prospective home. This isn’t a step you will want to skip, a home is a large and potentially profitable investment– no one likes to watch their hard earned money go down the tube alongside a failing neighborhood.

Also, properly maintaining your yard and property is important for safety reasons as well as aesthetic value. Intruders look for home that have overgrown shrubs. Make sure you invest in a monitored home security system like the ones offered by ADT.

Choosing The Right Neighborhood For Your Family Part 3 of 4

After you have determined that the neighborhood you are considering purchasing a home in has a healthy number of families and school options that you are able to feel good about, the next element of a good neighborhood that you will want to consider is safety. Thankfully with the online resources that are currently available, this important task is quicker and easier than ever before. You’ll probably want to start by researching the crime rates in the neighborhood as well as gathering information on the number and whereabouts of convicted sex offenders that are in the area. Internet sites like http://www.RegisteredOffendersList.Org, http://www.mapsexoffenders.com, and http://www.NationalAlertRegister.com can help you to accomplish this critical task. You could also subscribe to http://www.neighborhoodscout.com in order to recieve local crime statistics and other data from the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department that will help you make an educated and realistic decision as to whether or not the area is the right place for you and your family to make a new home purchase.

Regardless of what you find out, it’s always a good idea to have a professionally monitored home security system installed in your new home. Make sure to use a trusted company that has been around for years such as ADT. The good news is that if you can afford to purchase a home, you are sure to be able to have a great security system installed. ADT offers free installation for new subscribers and advancements in technology have made these types of home alarm systems highly effective as well as highly attainable for just about any budget. You’ll love the added security and peace of mind that a system of this type will be able to offer you and family for years to come.