Home Buyers Checklist for Buying a Home


The Home Buying Checklist identifies some of the most important buying factors buyers need to consider when buying a home. In addition to an affordable home buying price, you'll also want to be sure that the neighborhood and home meet the needs of your family.

Take this "Home Buying" checklist along whenever you go shopping to buy a home. It will help you evaluate the neighborhoods and assess the availability and condition of various features of up to three homes in a side-by-side home comparison.


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Property Address ____________ ____________ ____________
Asking Price $___________ $___________ $___________
Real Estate Taxes $___________ $___________ $___________
The Neighborhood
Near Work
Near Schools
Near Shopping
Near Expressways
Near Public Transportation
Near Doctors/Dentists
Near Churches
Garbage Collection
Street Lights
Sidewalks
Streets/Alleys Well Maintained
Traffic Volume
Parks
Neighbor's Property Well Maintained
All Utilities Installed
Neighborhood Covenants/Restrictions
Near Trains/Airport
Area Zoned Residential
Near Industry
Proposed Special Assessments
Environment Concerns/Influences
The Home
Age of Home ____________ ____________ ____________
No. of Stories ____________ ____________ ____________
Wood Frame
Brick Frame
Wood & Brick Frame
Aluminum Siding
Roof Condition ____________ ____________ ____________
Foundation Condition ____________ ____________ ____________
Overall Exterior Condition ____________ ____________ ____________
Garage Size ____________ ____________ ____________
No. of Bathrooms ____________ ____________ ____________
No. of Closets ____________ ____________ ____________
No. of Bedrooms ____________ ____________ ____________
Oil Heat
Gas Heat
Electric Heat
Hot Water 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 Room
Fireplace
Separate Dining Room
Family Room
Drapes - No. of Rooms ____________ ____________ ____________
Carpeting - No. of Rooms ____________ ____________ ____________
Kitchen Eating Area
Refrigerator
Stove/Oven (Gas/Electric)
Garbage Disposal
Dishwasher
Broken Windows
Storm Windows/Screens
Washer/Dryer Outlets
Laundry Space
Finished Basement
Attic
Sump Pump/Drainage
Connected to Sewer System
Patio
Backyard Fence
Landscaping
Property Boundaries
Security (dead bolts, detectors)
Building Code Compliance
Ability to Expand/Enlarge House

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