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.

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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