Home Buyer Checklist

The Home Buyer Checklist identifies some of the important factors to consider when choosing a home. In addition to an affordable sales price, you will also want to be sure that the neighborhood and house meet the needs of your family.

Take this checklist along when you go shopping for your house. 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 comparison. To PRINT this page, hit control-P.

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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 / Restrictions      
Near Trains / Airports      
Area Zoned Residential      
Near Industry      
Proposed Special Assessments      
Environment Concerns / Influences      
The House
Age of House      
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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