Account for your needs and preferences. You can always expand your criteria if necessary; it is important to give your Real Estate Agent specific details of your ideal property.
- How many bedrooms?
- How many baths?
- How many living areas?
- What size garage?
- What area do you want to live?
- What style home do you like?
- When do you want to occupy?
- What is the most important to you in a home?
- Are schools important? Yes No If yes, which ones and why:
- Where do you work?
- When is the best time to look?
- If we found the right home for you today, is there any reason that could keep you from buying it?
- Does anyone else have to approve of your purchase?
- New Construction/older charm & character
- Location/country/city/near beaches
- Good condition/needs cosmetic work/fixer
- View/ocean or mountain
- Neighborhood – consistent or eclectic
- Weather/sunny or foggy
- Yard/ large, small or low maintenance
- Near bus lines/shopping
- Schools Noise – freeway or traffic
- Number of bedrooms and baths
- Kitchen – gourmet or gas stove
- Closet and storage space
- Pool/Spa/Hot tub
- In law quarters/ legal rental
- Acreage/room for horses
Take this checklist along when you visit a home. Make note of your own observations, and ask about anything you may not see on your own.
1. What is the Visible Condition of the Property?
Poor exterior condition may spell problems inside.
2. Does the House Require Major Repairs or Replacements?
Major repairs, such as a new roof, can be costly. Consider these costs if you decide to make an offer.
3. How old are the Mechanical Systems?
Consider the cost of replacing older systems if you decide to make an offer. Electrical, Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning
4. Has the House been well Maintained?
Ask the sellers if they have kept any maintenance records.
5. Where is the House Located on the Block?
Corner lots can be spacious, but exposed to more traffic and noise. Interior lots can be quieter but too close to neighbors.
6. How is the House Sited on the Lot?
Be sure the area around the house is graded properly to provide good drainage.
7. Are there Noteworthy Architectural Features?
Front porches, gables or other details add value to the property.
8. Are there Noteworthy Landscaping Features?
Established trees, shrubbery and perennials add value to the property.
9. What is the Condition of the Houses on Either Side and Across the Street?
If neighboring properties are too run-down, they may affect your resale value.
10. What is the Surrounding Neighborhood Like?
Look for evidence of a sense of identity, and pride of ownership in the other homes.
11. How Close is it to Shopping And Schools?
Nearby services can also add value.
12. Are there Community Amenities Nearby?
Parks or recreation centers can add value to the property.
13. How Long has the House been on the Market?
A long time on the market may indicate problems with the house or neighborhood that you need to know.