Safe Neighborhood Checklist
_____Property Upkeep? Even if the neighborhood is full of modest, older homes, the yards and exteriors should indicate pride of ownership.
_____Are the properties around it similar?Are residential homes mixed with commercial buildings or mobile homes? Do any of the homes have poorly built additions?
_____Has property been red flagged for illegal growing? Tends to make a property at risk for unwanted visitors in the future. This has become a problem for safety in Redding and surrounding areas.
_____Foot traffic of the homeless has become a problem in Shasta County. Can people walk to the house from downtown?
_____Is neighborhood mostly owner occupied or rentals? if a property is not owner-occupied it has a higher risk of not being well cared for. Look for signs such as one house having a lot of cars parked outside can sometimes mean it is a rental.
_____Visit at all hours. Are there dogs that bark all day long? Do neighbors host raucous parties on weekends? If you can’t get to the area during the week, have a trusted friend do some surveillance for you.
_____Are their a lot of for sale signs and vacant buildings? Absent neighbors and empty buildings can also bring down property values. Stores that have gone out of business do not reflect a growing community. Vacant buildings encourage a variety of activities that you do not want in your neighborhood.
_____Talk to a neighbor or someone walking in the neighborhood. Ask them what kind of people live there, the street traffic or any other burning questions you may have. If you can’t grab a neighbor, talk to the mail carrier. A local mail carrier will be able to give you his or her sense of the neighborhood.
_____Google the street address and street name.Do online research.
_____Check out parks in the area. The appearance of a park can tell you a lot about a neighborhood. Parks are among the most telling signs of the condition of a neighborhood.
_____Neighborhood pets? Bad neighbors might also ignore their pets. Is there a lot of barking? Are they tied up outside, or in a small fenced area? Do they look like they're taken care of, or are they being neglected?
_____Google street view the address to get a feel for neighborhood before doing a driveby to check it out.
_____Call Erin (515-6116) . Realtors have access to lots of neighborhood info. Visit my website www.reddinghousehunters.com for more tips.
_____Meghans law research?
Living in the same neighborhood as registered sex offenders and other criminals can drive down the value of a home.
_____Look up crime stats (links below)
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1.Big Bend/ Montgomery Creek
2. Shasta / French Gulch
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5. Alpha Ln. / Portrero Dr.
7. Simpson U/ College View Dr.
8.Airport Rd. / Churn Creek Rd.
9. Old Oregon Trl. / Collyer Dr.