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Home Buyer Checklist – Check before You Buy a House

This is a checklist designed to help you shop for and buy a house. Because there are so many factors to consider when you’re looking for a new home for yourself, it pays to be prepared. The fact is, this checklist represents a way to take detailed notes on the homes for sale that you’re considering. As you progress in your shopping experience and hit multiple open houses, you’ll be able to compare and contrast the various options at a glance.

How to Buy a House with the Checklist

The checklist is a helpful tool that will organize your thoughts about the homes you’re considering. Write down each MLS listing as it comes up and fill in the information from the listing or from your own observations when you visit in person at the open house. It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Fort Lauderdale, FL or Birmingham, AL. The kind of real estate information you need to keep track of and evaluate is universal.

Fortunately, all of this information is conveniently accounted for in the Home Buyer Checklist below, so the next time you go out to try to buy a house, don’t forget to bring the checklist along for help!


Property Info

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Property Address

 

 

 

Asking Price

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Real Estate Taxes

 

 

 

 

The Neighborhood

 

 

 

 

Near Schools

 

 

 

 

Near House of Worship

 

 

 

 

Street Lights

 

 

 

 

Sidewalks

 

 

 

 

Near Park

 

 

 

 

Neighbor's Property Well Maintained

 

 

 

 

Neighborhood Restrictions/Covenants

 

 

 

 

Environmental Concerns/Influences

 

 

 

 

Home Details

 

 

 

 

Age of Home

 

 

 

 

Number of Stories

 

 

 

 

Type of Framing

 

 

 

 

Roof Condition

 

 

 

 

Foundation Condition

 

 

 

 

Overall Exterior Condition

 

 

 

 

Garage Size

 

 

 

 

Number of Bedrooms

 

 

 

 

Number of Closets

 

 

 

 

Number of Bathrooms

 

 

 

 

Type of Heat

 

 

 

 

Central Air Conditioning

 

 

 

 

Energy Conservation Features

 

 

 

 

Heating System Age

 

 

 

 

Water Heater Age

 

 

 

 

Electrical Wiring Age

 

 

 

 

Plumbing Condition

 

 

 

 

Estimated Water Bill

 

 

 

 

Estimated Heating Bill

 

 

 

 

Estimated Electric Bill

 

 

 

 

Living Room

 

 

 

 

Fireplace

 

 

 

 

Separate Dining Room

 

 

 

 

Family Room

 

 

 

 

Kitchen Eating Area

 

 

 

 

Refrigerator

 

 

 

 

Stove/Oven (Electric/Gas)

 

 

 

 

Garbage Disposal

 

 

 

 

Dishwasher

 

 

 

 

Storm Windows/Screens

 

 

 

 

Laundry

 

 

 

 

Finished Basement

 

 

 

 

Attic

 

 

 

 

Patio

 

 

 

 

Fenced Yard

 

 

 

 

Landscaping

 

 

 

 

Security Alarm

 

 

 

 

Building Code Compliance

 

 

 

 

Ability To Expand/Enlarge House

 

 

 

 

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