When you are in the market to buy a home, it is a good idea to do a little sleuth work to find more details about the property you are interested in. Here are a few ways that a Google search can help you uncover information about a home before you put in an offer:
Research the HOA
Considering a neighborhood with an HOA? There are many benefits to a homeowners association, and it can help helpful to learn more about the association before you choose the neighborhood. It’s surprising to see that a quick search online can uncover details about potential problems.
By searching the name of the neighborhood, you can often find reviews on Yelp and other similar review sites. These are websites where people can post their positive and negative experiences with the HOA, managers, subdivision, and other aspects that you might be interested in.
Check Out Google Maps Street View
Google Street View can offer insights into the neighborhood and the way the house is situated on the lot. It can be beneficial to look up the street view information before scheduling a time to tour the home, because you might find details about the home that eliminates your interest.
Another reason that street view can be beneficial is because you can sometimes find progress shots for a home that has been remodeled. On a real estate listing, if professional photos aren’t available then the website will often automatically pull in images from Google Maps. So, you might view an older picture on the real estate listing, and find an updated view when you look on Google maps.
Avoid Dangerous Surroundings
Are you wondering whether the home was previously a drug lab? Or maybe you are looking for information about potential sex offenders that live in the area. Do a Google search with your address to see what you can uncover. You can also use specific databases to search, such as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s database of homes that were previously drug lab locations.
Also look for other potential problems, such as highway expansion plans nearby, airport zones, or any potentially hazardous industrial locations in the area. Even though an airport or train tracks might not cause a direct health concern, some people find it difficult to sleep with the noise nearby.
Talking with a Professional about Buying a Home
A search online can help you learn a little more about a home that you are interested in buying, and working with a real estate agent is another important part of the process. Your agent will work hard to help you buy a home that matches your preferences, and a good agent is available to answer your questions every step of the way.
Whether you are a 1st time home buyer or you are looking to upgrade your home, we invite you to contact us at Duffy Realty of Atlanta. Call us today at: (678) 318-1700