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Home Search Checklist

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Gold Key With Welcome Home after using home search checklistHouse hunting? As much fun as house hunting might be, if you’re serious, a good home search checklist can shorten your home search, remove the emotional aspect from your home search, and make sure you get the best home with everything you REALLY want from house hunting (after all this is a BIG investment).

As long as our sample home search checklist might be, you’ll inevitably find yourself adding lines to your home search checklist as you house hunt.  The truth is that everyone’s home search checklist is different; once you determine what your ‘must have’ checklist items are, you can start checking them off at every home showing:

Property specifics

  • Listed price _______________
  • Location
  • Lot size ______________
  • Type of property (Townhouse, condo, single family) _______________
  • Garage size _______
  • Square footage _________
  • Number of bedrooms _______
  • Number of bathrooms ________
  • Room size
  • Kitchen
  • Master bathroom
  • Bedrooms
  • Any other specifics (i.e. Flooring type, counter top material, storage, etc.)
  • ___________________________________________________________
  • ___________________________________________________________
  • ___________________________________________________________

Property condition

  • Roof (any missing shingles, warping, etc.)
  • Siding (cracks, discoloration, etc.)
  • Concrete & Asphalt (cracks, etc.)
  • Dry wall (water stains, cracks, etc.)
  • Kitchen
  • Dining Room
  • Bedrooms
  • Bathroom
  • Office
  • Flooring (stains, cracks, etc.)
  • Doors (gaps, cracks, holes, etc.)
  • Windows (gaps, cracks, holes, broken panes, etc.)
  • ________________________________________
  • ________________________________________
  • ________________________________________
  • ________________________________________
  • ________________________________________

In addition to checking off the must haves you want in your new home, make sure to note all the important parts of a property, such as whether the home uses propane, natural gas, or electricity; whether there is a septic tank that needs to be pumped on-property; property taxes; home owners association fees; and any other factors that could impact your future home ownership.  To make sure you notice all those important factors, contact an experienced real estate agent that can guide you through the house hunting process to a successful ending.