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April 2017

Create a House Hunt Checklist

by Joan Byrnes for Real Estate

 The Home

Space is one of the first things people notice when touring a home. Are there enough bedrooms to accommodate the household? How spacious are storage closets? Square footage and the practicality of the floor plan are elements that demand major consideration. Is there a garage or a basement? These are some standards you should have set in your head before beginning your home search, but it doesn’t hurt to add these elements to the checklist. After you’ve evaluated the space, take time to note the condition of the home. Some suggest breaking it down further into interior and exterior conditions. Look specifically for dampness and odors, age and condition of the roof as well as the functionality of gutters and downspouts. Finally, don’t forget to make note of extra perks such as a fireplace, great landscaping, fences, a patio/deck, and sun screens as well as overall energy efficiency.

The Neighborhood

One of the most common things homebuyers look for in a neighborhood is safety. Individuals want to feel secure in their new surroundings. How close are you to police and fire stations, the hospital or schools? Does the neighborhood provide trash services? Don’t forget to investigate these issues by creating a physical or mental checklist.

Convenience

Location, location, location is becoming a greater concern for many homebuyers. When looking at a home, take the time to figure out how far you would be from the grocery store, shopping, highways, local amenities, etc. These are just some things you want to ask yourself as you evaluate the location of a home.

Take the time to look at all aspects of the property and surrounding area-from the actual structure to the neighborhood, and location will help you make a more accurate and informed decision when choosing a home.

 

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