SEARCH: Quick Checklist for Finding the Perfect Home

 
 

Zeroing in on a new home can be fun and exciting. But it can also be tiring and confusing. So before you start looking at houses, write down what you want in your new home. Start with the size of the house, number of rooms, most convenient layout, and desirable features. Prioritize the list, noting beside each item whether it is "nice to have" or "a must."

Plan for the foreseeable future

As you make the list, consider how long you will likely be in the house and how your family and lifestyle may change over time.

Keep your goals in mind

Bring the completed list with you when we plan the first house-shopping tour.

Be a comparison shopper

As you preview each house, jot down how it compares with your list. Fill in the blanks as you see fit--yes/no, good/fair/poor, etc. Keep your notes on each house to compare homes until you find the right house. Also note the features you would like to change in each house.

Housing Needs Checklist

Requirements

HOUSE AND LOT

  • Square footage
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Number of baths
  • Closets/storage
  • Basement
  • Interior condition
  • Yard space
  • Fence
  • Patio or deck
  • Garage
  • Energy efficiency
  • Exterior condition

THE NEIGHBORHOOD

  • Parking
  • Overall appearance
  • Traffic and noise
  • Snow/trash removal
  • Fire and police
  • Schools: Bus or walk
  • Distance to school
  • School district
  • Quality measured by SAT scores or other criteria
  • Amenities
  • Distance to job
  • Childcare
  • Public transportation
  • Major highways
  • Stores/Supermarkets
  • Medical facilities
  • Recreation
  • Community services
  • Restaurants
  • Churches/Synagogues
  • Airports/Trains
 

 

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