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HOUSE HUNTING: THINGS TO LOOK FOR

Most consumers shopping for real estate – whether new to the process or experienced homeowners – want to buy their perfect home. And, it’s very easy to become overwhelmed with all the homes that seem like good candidates (price, no. of bedrooms, etc.).

So, to help you narrow down your “good enough” list from the computer to the list of properties you actually see, take this checklist along when you go house hunting. Put an emphasis on the items that are most important to you. It’ll help you put a home’s characteristics into perspective and use practical ways to measure the homes you’re evaluating. Keeping this list handy, you can compare and contrast the features of two or three houses.

Buying a house is a new experience, but not an easy decision. We can give you advice about choosing the place that’s going to be your next home. Call Eakin Group at (214) 801-3495 and we can help you make the decision that leads you to the home of your dreams!

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Address
Asking Price $ $ $
Real Estate Taxes $ $ $
The Neighborhood
Miles Away From the Job
Near Schools
Close to Shops
Interstates Nearby
Close to Bus Stops
Minutes Away From Physicians
Miles Away From Churches
Garbage Collection
Traffic Warnings
Pedestrian Friendly
Streets / Alleys Well-Maintained
Type of Traffic
Parks
Neighbors’ Properties Well-Maintained
All Utilities Installed
Neighborhood Rules
Close to Airports / Trains
Area Zoned Residential
Near Industry
Proposed Special Assessments
Green-Friendly Neighborhood
The Home
Year Home Built
No. of Stories
Wood Frame, Brick Frame or Siding
Quality of Roof
Quality of Foundation
General Exterior Condition
Two-Car Garage
No. of Bathrooms
No. of Closets
No. of Bedrooms
Oil, Gas or Electric Heat
Insulation
Central Air Conditioning
Energy-Conservation Features
Age of Heating System
Age of Water Heater
Capacity of Water Heater
Age of Electrical Wiring
Quality of Plumbing Pipes
Estimated Water Bill $ $ $
Estimated Heating Bill $ $ $
Estimated Electric Bill $ $ $
Living Areas
Fireplace
Separate Dining Room
Family Room
Carpeting – No. of Rooms
Eat-In Kitchen
Refrigerator
Stove / Oven (Gas / Electric)
Garbage Disposal
Dishwasher
Broken / Drafty Windows
Storm Windows / Screens
Washer / Dryer Outlets
Laundry Space
Converted Basement
Attic
Sump Pump / Drainage
Connected to Sewer System
Patio / Deck
Backyard Fence
Curb Appeal
Property Line
Security (dead bolts, detectors)
Building Code
Compliance
Ability to Renovate / Enlarge Home