Buying a home is an important life decision. Make sure you consider these essential tips before you buy: 

1. Look at your finances and decide how much you can afford.

2. Make sure to physically inspect the home and property for potential fixes and hazards.

3. Tour the neighborhood at different hours to get a feel for the local atmosphere.

4. If you have children now or might in the future, check out the local schools.

5. Check the nearest shopping location, such as grocery stores, restaurants, and other stores you already frequent.