Check out the neighborhood
It's a good idea to visit the neighborhoods where you're thinking of buying a home ... visit at different times of the day to get a sense of the activities that take place and at what times ... does it appear to be a "safe" place to live-- is there a lot of street traffic? What about noise ... is the road the home is on a well trafficked one ... open to commercial vehicles? How close is it to schools, a hospital ... yes, even a prison. These are all things to consider when deciding where to buy a home.