Get the Right Home
Check out the neighborhood. If possible, walk around to get a feel for the community. Check out the schools, shops and crime statistics with the local police or town newspaper, or online at the Homefair website.
Consider your commute. Look at mass transit options and access to major roads.
Check environmental hazards. Order an environmental hazards report to rule out toxic contaminants or natural hazards like floods or forest fires. Ask your real estate agent how to order a report.
Damage from flooding is not covered by homeowner's insurance, but a federal government program offers flood insurance. Check your flood risk at the FloodSmart website.
Consumer Action's Housing Information Project created this brochure in partnership with Capital One Services, Inc. © 2007 Consumer Action. Rights Reserved.