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   
Streets / Alleys Well Maintained   
Traffic Volume   
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   
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   
Separate Dining Room   
Family Room   
Drapes – No. of Rooms   
Carpeting – No. of Rooms   
Kitchen Eating Area   
Stove / Oven (Gas / Electric)   
Garbage Disposal   
Broken Windows   
Storm Windows / Screens   
Washer / Dryer Outlets   
Laundry Space   
Finished Basement   
Sump Pump / Drainage   
Connected to Sewer System   
Backyard Fence   
Property Boundaries   
Security (dead bolts, detectors)   
Building Code   
Ability to Expand / Enlarge House