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Home Buying Checklist for Narrowing Down Possible Homes

 

After deciding to purchase a new home, you may choose to make a checklist that can help you to compare properties after visiting them. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides buyers a helpful checklist of what to consider when looking at homes for sale. 

After deciding to purchase a new home, you may choose to make a checklist that can help you to compare properties after visiting them. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides buyers a helpful checklist of what to consider when looking at homes for sale.

Inside the home

When visiting the home, it is important to ask questions regarding the home's features while rating the quality of amenities offered.

• Square footage - When considering the home's square footage, you should keep in mind the space provided by your previous properties and if it was enough.

• Bedrooms - You will likely already have a number of bedrooms a home needs to have to be considered a viable option. You may also want to include the possibility of your family's growth with the addition of another child or having to care for an older family member.

• Bathrooms - It is important to take note of the number of bathrooms a home has, as some members of your family may not be used to sharing facilities. Depending on your preferences, you may also want to make sure there is a bathroom for guests to use when visiting.
 
• Yard/Lawn space - While not every buyer will require a large yard, if you have a pet or children, the extra outdoor space may be a necessity. Take note if the home has a fence, patio or deck, as these are often desired features.

• Closets and storage space - This is especially important when downsizing, as fewer items will be able to be brought over if the property has a limited number of closets and additional storage spaces.

The neighborhood

When moving into a new neighborhood, it may be smart to consider factors that could affect the quality of living there.

• Appearance - Generally, new homes are constructed in newly-developed neighborhoods, so other homes in the area should also appear to be new. You should also check out the condition of businesses and other neighborhoods near your potential new home.

• Traffic - Homes located near big highways may be convenient if you're commuting to and from work each day, but otherwise a loud disturbance. Other noise levels should also be taken into consideration when visiting potential homes.

• Safety and security - While gated homes offer more security, many neighborhoods provide a family-friendly environment that is safe. For families looking for extra security, finding a home in a gated or guarded neighborhood could bring peace of mind.
 
• Parking - If you like to entertain or have a multi-car family, you may want to make sure your neighborhood has visitor parking or allows street parking. Finding a home that has a multi-car garage could be another solution.

• Proximity to schools/shopping - One of the most important features to take note of when visiting potential homes is how close they are to schools, grocery stores, shopping, restaurants, gas stations and hospitals. Choosing a home close to these can help eliminate unnecessary travel.