Problems That Home Buyers Don’t Think About

For your health, well-being and safety, there are certain things that must be considered before purchasing real estate. These are the same type of things that should also be considered when selling a home.  Here are a few concerns many home buyers don’t recognize until it’s too late.

Natural Phenomena, The Wildlife, The Land, And The Weather

Before you think about communities to buying a home in , think about the landscape and the place where the home is located. What types of natural disasters is the area prone to? Is the area prone to earthquakes? It is it prone to flooding?

Has the neighborhood been built squarely in the way of mudslides, landslides or hot lava flows? Is the area where you are looking to buy a home prone to massive fires? How is the weather of the area where you are thinking about buying a home? Are there tornado’s? Hurricanes? Do the temperatures stay warm all year long, or are there seasons? How cold do the coldest seasons get?

Is there a presence of wild animals in the place where you are looking to move to? Are you looking to move to a place where large, dangerous reptiles may be hiding in ponds and lakes? Are you looking to move to a place where there are deer, moose and bears lingering around? Are you looking to move to a place that is built up where there isn’t much in terms of large wildlife?

You cannot just buy a home randomly. You should take care to consider factors pertaining to the land’s natural features, wildlife and climate, because these things determine how your lifestyle will be.

Can you physically, financially and emotionally deal with natural disasters that commonly happen in a given area? Are you willing to prepare for such events? Even if natural disasters don’t happen, can you deal with the weather conditions that normally happen in a given place? Are you able or willing to do what you need to do in order to avoid and protect yourself from wildlife?


If you want to purchase a home, it is worth it to look into the history of the land and whether or not the land has been polluted. It is an unfortunate fact that many lands have been poisoned by spills, accidents, dumping and the intentional use of chemicals.

Across America and the rest of the world, various neighborhoods, streets, and regions have become disease clusters as a result of people being exposed to polluted land. When people live on polluted lands, there are elevated rates of cancers, autoimmune diseases, birth defects, developmental problems and neurological problems.

The internet makes it easier than ever to look up whether an area is a superfund site or a known cancer cluster. If you look up a neighborhood online and find out that it is a known fact that the land is polluted and that people who live in the neighborhood happen to suffer from elevated rates of certain diseases, you may want to think twice before moving to that neighborhood.

If industry and manufacturing has gone on in the area, or if it still goes on, you should be suspicious. There is a chance that toxic substances could have been released into the atmosphere, released into the ground, accidentally spilled or intentionally dumped. If a house is built on land that was once some sort of official dumping ground, you should probably think twice about buying that house.

Sometimes, it may be tricky to find out the history of the land and neighborhood that you are thinking of moving to. However, you must find out the history of the place that you want to move to and whether the land is clean or not, for the health and safety of you and your loved ones.

Sometimes, officials and organizations are unable to, or refuse to, give a straight answer about whether land is polluted. Sometimes, not enough research has been done to have suitable sources on record about whether land is clean or not.

Local Laws And Politics

Before you think of buying a home, you should really look into the local politics of the area. How is the area set up, politically? Are you moving to a house that is located within a small, incorporated municipality or town?

Living in an incorporated town may come with its own staunch rules of how to manicure your property and where to park your car. In the locality that you are looking to buy in, are you allowed to ride a bicycle on the sidewalks? If not, does this bother you?

Are you looking to raise farm animals? If so, certain municipalities may or may not allow it. Some places put a limit on how many farm animals you can raise, or whether or not you can have them at all.

Also, in general, you should really know your rights in a variety of situations. For example, if you want to homeschool a child or take advantage of certain services that a school district can provide, you should know what your rights are and what you are entitled to.

For more helpful information about buying a home in an area you are unfamiliar with, you should rely on the resources of a trusted local Realtor.  Not only can you hire the Realtor, as a buyer, for free, you get access to the Realtor’s experience and knowledge about a given area, city, neighborhood, or home, which can be a great help when determining where to buy your next home.