After an entire adulthood of being Apartment Dwellers it looks like my wife & I will be able to purchase our first home I have a few questions: How do you find out a history of flooding in a particular place?. In the neighborhoods we are looking at, flooding in basements can be a problem several times a decade. Most of the neighborhoods we are looking at are pretty low-crime, but is there a way to find out specific crime statistics for the block we look at? Anything else we should be looking for beyond structural damage? How do we know if there is mold damage under a basement carpet, for instance? Or a problem with mice, etc?