House Hunting Checklist

For many of us purchasing a home is one of the most important investments we will make in our lifetime.  Whether the property will be your next home or an investment such as an income property or Air B & B  this opportunity can be exciting and yet all the decision-making can be somewhat stressful. Using the Home Buyer's Checklist below will help you determine your needs and wants in a home that you may live in and if you are looking at it as an investment this will help you consider a properties attributes that will help obtain a return on your investment from the income and possibly the future resale of the property. 

First make a list of you’re the attributes you are looking for in a home to fit  not only your daily needs and lifestyle.  We refer to this as your “Wants & Needs”.  When you are searching on line you will have the ability to save the homes you like and earmark them with a heart or a star as a favorite. Once you have completed setting up your home search portal you will be notified of changes in the listing such as price.

Deciding which homes to view may be simple or the list may be complicated and spread out between several communities. To help save time and  narrow your "likes" list from the computer to the list of places to have your Realtor schedule for you to see, use the checklist to verify which properties check many of the boxes of “Wants & Needs”. This may also trigger questions for us to research for you prior to a showing.  Take this checklist along when you go house hunting. Make note of the items that really like about the property and not the items that may need attention.  This will help you put a home's characteristics into perspective and use practical ways to measure the houses you're touring. Keeping this list handy, you'll be able to judge the attributes of up to three homes per page. 

Purchasing a home is an exciting time that we assist you with every step of the way as your real estate resource.  Our objective is to help educate you on the process answer your questions and giving you the information you need to make an informed selection when making a purchase.

 

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Home Address      
Listing Price $ $ $
Real Estate Taxes $ $ $
The Community
Close to Work      
Near Schools      
Minutes Away From Shops      
Highways Nearby      
Close to Train Stations      
Near Physicians      
Near Place of Worship      
Garbage Collection      
Street Lights      
Sidewalks      
Streets / Alleys Well-Maintained      
Type of Traffic      
Parks      
Neighbors' Properties Well-Maintained      
All Utilities Available      
Neighborhood Rules      
Miles Away From Airports / Trains      
Area Zoned Residential      
Near Industry      
Proposed Special Assessments      
Environmental Concerns / Influences      
The Home
Year House Built      
No. of Floors      
Wood Frame, Brick Frame or Siding      
Quality of Roof      
Quality of Foundation      
General Exterior Appearance      
Two-Car Garage      
No. of Bathrooms      
No. of Closets      
No. of Bedrooms      
Oil, Gas or Electric Heat      
Insulation      
Central Air Conditioning      
Energy-Conservation Features      
Age of Heating System      
Age of Water Heater      
Capacity of Water Heater      
Age of Electrical Wiring      
Plumbing Condition      
Estimated Water Bill $ $ $
Estimated Heating Bill $ $ $
Estimated Electric Bill $ $ $
Living Spaces      
Fireplace      
Separate Dining Room      
Family Room      
Carpeting - No. of Rooms      
Kitchen Eating Area      
Refrigerator      
Stove / Oven (Gas / Electric)      
Garbage Disposal      
Dishwasher      
Broken / Drafty Windows      
Storm Windows / Screens      
Washer / Dryer Outlets      
Laundry Space      
Renovated Basement      
Attic      
Sump Pump / Drainage      
Connected to Sewer System      
Patio / Deck      
Backyard Fence      
Curb Appeal      
Property Line      
Safety (dead bolts, detectors)      
Building Code      
Compliance      
Ability to Expand / Expand House      

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