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What to look for
home     buyers

The Neighb­orhood - Near by

Airport
Child care
Church­es/­Syn­agogues
Doctor­s/D­entists
Expres­swa­ys/­Hig­hways
Good Schools & Busing distance
Gym/Y/JJC
Hospital
Public Transp­ort­ation
Recrea­tio­n/parks
Restau­ran­ts/­ent­ert­ainment
Shopping
Superm­arket
Work

The Neighb­orhood

Crime Rate
Fire protec­tio­n/house
Garbage Collection
Neighbors Properties well maintained
Noise Level okay?
Police
Sidewalks
Street Lights
Street Potholes
Streets/Alleys well maintained
Traffic Volume Light
Safety/Security

Neighb­orhood Restri­ctions Covenants

Area Zoned Reside­ntial
Environment Concer­ns/­Inf­luences
Flood Zone
Near Industry (nice?)
Proposed Special Assess­ments
Zoning regula­tions
 

The Home - Outside

Backyard Fence
Broken Windows
Connected to Sewer System
Foundation Condition
Landscaping
Patio / Porch
Property Boundaries
Roof condition
Security (dead bolts, detectors)
Storm Window­s/S­creens
Siding Type
   Wood Frame
   Brick Frame
   Wood & Brick Frame
Siding Type
Aluminum
Shingles
Vinyl siding
Sump Pump/D­rainage

The Home - Inside Areas

Attic (usable)
Closet/storage space
Dining Room
Eating Area
Family Room
Finished Basement
Fireplace(s)
Garage (1 or 2 spaces)
Laundry Space
Kitchen Eating Area
Living Room
Mud Room
Storage
 

The House

Ability to Enlarg­e/E­xpand
Age of Home
Bathrooms
Bedrooms
Building Code Compliance
Closets
Garage Size
Interior walls (condi­tion)
Practicality of floor plan
Square footage
Stories (number of)

The Home - Ages of

Electrical Wiring
   Aluminum
   Copper
Heating System
Plumbing condition
Roof
Water Heater * Capacity

The House Appliances

Dishwasher
Garbage Disposal
Refrigerator
Stove/Oven (Gas/E­lec­tric)
Washer/Dryer
   Outlets (if none)
 

The House Air Condit­ion­/He­ating

Air Condit­ioning Central
Energy-Conservation Features
Insulation
Heat
 Oil (moderate)
 Gas (cheapest)
 Electric (expen­sive)
Hot Water Heater

The Home Services

Alarm (Plus monito­ring)
Cable TV (options)
Electrical Service
Gas line (future use)
Internet
Telephone
Water Supply

The Home - Recurring Costs

Estimated Water Bill
Estimated Heating Bill
Estimated Electric Bill
Annual Taxes
Assessments
Gardening/Landscaping
Real Estate Taxes
Snow Removal

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