This comprehensive checklist details some of the more important factors buyers look for when in the process of buying a home. It allows you to evaluate and compare up to 3 properties side-by-side, and assess condition, features, pricing and neighborhood. It will also help you think about your priorities and identify your ‘must-haves’. Feel free to print this checklist and take it along with you whenever you go home-shopping.

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The Basics12345
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 Covenants/Restrictions
Near RTA/Airport
Area Zoned Residential
Near Industry
Proposed Special Assessments
Environment Concerns/Influences
The Home12345
Age of Home____________________________________________________________
Number of Stories____________________________________________________________
Wood Frame
Brick Frame
Wood & Brick Frame
Aluminum Siding
Roof Condition____________________________________________________________
Foundation Condition____________________________________________________________
Overall Exterior Condition____________________________________________________________
Garage Size____________________________________________________________
Number of Bedrooms____________________________________________________________
Number of Bathrooms____________________________________________________________
Number of Closets____________________________________________________________
Electric Heat
Gas Heat
Hot Water Heat
Oil 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 – Number of Rooms____________________________________________________________
Carpeting – Number 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