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Buyer’s Checklist

Note the factors that are important to look for when buying a new home

This comprehensive checklist details the important factors buyers look for when buying a home. It allows you to evaluate and compare up to 3 properties side-by-side, and assess condition, features, pricing and neighborhood. It will also help you prioritize and identify your ‘must-haves’.

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Feel free to print this checklist and take it along with you whenever you go home-shopping.

Home Buyer’s Checklist –To download a printable version of this checklist out for your personal use: CLICK HERE.

The Basics
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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