How to ensure the immidiate neighbors are "normal" for the house I want to buy?Is there a conventional way to gather info on what kind of neighbors I will have when I buy a new house? Why the paranoia? It is because, simply, I bought a townhome next to a borderline psycho 5 years ago, and I am still living in it while I am hitting my head sencelessly to this day. It turns out that not only she is constatnly drunk and loud (I can hear music via shared wall), but also she so far had 3 run-ins with police, all related to carrying (and pointing to someone for one occasion) firearms when she was drunk. Just to be clear, where I live is considered to be one of the safest and kids-friendly city in the state...Hence, I want to make sure my next purchase will not result in my family being afraid of going outside or unnecessary worries... I just want to have normal neighbors. Here are the ideas that came to mind, but are they realistic? Am I missing anything big?- Go to one of those websites to check background of people who live in the neighborhood? (If so, which site is trustworthy? All of them look fishy ...)- Knock on their door and chat? (What do i say, "nice weather"?)- Stake out in the neighborhood for a while? (Is that even realistic?)- Hire someone? (Is there a profession like that?)Any tips are appreciated!October 16 2012 - US00YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.