Thinking Of Health When Home Shopping

When it comes to looking for your perfect home, you can easily get online and find a realtor in your area and check out homes. But when it comes to actually picking the home that you want to live in, presumably for the rest of your life, there are more things to consider than simply where the home is located.

And, when it comes to where your home is located. It’s about more than just the name of the town or the school system, or even how tight knit the community is. You really need to think of health matters when it comes to house hunting, especially in this day and age of air pollution and illnesses.

Where Is It Located

You may like the small town the home is located in, and it may be your dream house, but when you look to the sky and all you see is smog from the two factories in town, you may reconsider. What are the making there? What is that pollution doing to the air?

All trash has to go somewhere, and maybe the town you are thinking of buying a home in has a dump. Consider the air quality there as well. And even if that doesn’t frighten you, the smell just might. There are always underlying factors to consider when determining home location.

You may also want to make sure that it isn’t located on an old cemetery, or ancient Indian burial ground. You’ve seen those movies, haven’t you?

Home Inspection

Have your home checked out before you commit to buy. You want to make sure that it isn’t the home of any critters or rodents that have brought in feces and disease. You also don’t want to move in a place infested with bugs or mold.

Home inspections can save you headaches and heartache. Even someone with a pet allergy moving into a home that once housed such a pet could be putting themselves at a health risk. Know your potential home before you buy it.

What About Your Yard

Have children that are going to be playing outside? Planning on planting a garden? You may also want to know the safety risks posed by the yard around your home.

If the home is near factories or landfills you may find that the soil is full of toxins, which can harm your children with prolonged exposure and could contaminate any food you grow there. You may also want to make sure there are not any plants poisonous to children or even pets growing in the yard, and make sure that if they are they are easy to get rid of.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry, and when it comes to buying a house there are a lot of things that could creep up that you’ll be sorry for if you don’t have everything looked into, especially when it comes to health, for you and your family.

Anna Johansson
Anna is a freelance writer and researcher from the Olympia, WA area who loves to obsess about weird topics and then write about them. When she isn't writing, she is outside on her bike and comtemplating her eventual trip to graduate school.

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