The home buying process will take you to unfamiliar neighborhoods and homes where your safety may not be guaranteed. Take the following measures to ensure your home buying process doesn't expose you to unnecessary risk:
Tour Vacant Houses during Daylight
If you are interested in a vacant house, make sure you only tour it during daylight. It's for your own safety, and there are two main reasons daytime viewing is safe. First, a vacant house is more likely to be in a state of disrepair than an occupied house. You don't want to step on a loose floorboard or rotten stairs because you are touring a vacant house at night; don't forget that artificial lighting may not be as bright as daylight when it comes to noticing defects. Secondly, vacant houses are often targeted by criminals, and criminals like operating under the cover of darkness. You don't want to interrupt a burglar, do you?
Don't Make Neighborhood Tours Alone At Night
It is always a good idea to research a neighborhood before settling it is. Part of the research includes driving around the area to get a firsthand feel for it. However, you shouldn't do this at night, and if you must, don't do it alone. Have someone along, whether they are your agent or trusted friends, just to be on the safe side.
Confirm Condition of Infrastructure
It's good to know the condition of each house before stepping into any of its rooms or even stepping into the compound. You need to know whether it is a "fixer upper" with failing stair rails or it has an abandoned well in the backyard. Fortunately, if you are using a real estate agent, these are some of the information they will furnish you with.
Research Crime Statistics
It's also prudent to research crime statistics before moving into a neighborhood. You want to know whether it has earned the badge of the safest county for three years running or muggings are common at dusk. The good news is that there are numerous online resources you can use for this research. The local law enforcement department may also provide you with additional research materials.
Use a Professional Trusted Realtor
Lastly, it also helps to deal with a professional real estate service when looking for a home in an unfamiliar neighborhood. The realtor may not tell you which neighborhood is safe and which ones you should avoid, but they will ensure all your dealings are professional, which means you will be safe and secure. For example, no realtor will schedule viewings at unsafe times of the night or take you to view houses they haven't viewed on their own.