Buyers April 7, 2023

A Checklist for Home Buyers

Here is a checklist of things to look for when viewing a home:

  • Exterior:
    • Roof: check for missing or damaged shingles
    • Gutters: ensure they are in good condition and properly attached
    • Foundation: look for cracks or signs of settling
    • Siding: check for any damage or signs of wear and tear
    • Windows and doors: make sure they open and close smoothly
    • Landscaping: evaluate the condition of the lawn and garden
  • Interior:
    • Walls and ceilings: look for cracks, water stains or any signs of damage
    • Flooring: check for any damage or wear and tear
    • Lighting: evaluate the natural light and lighting fixtures
    • Appliances: check the condition and age of the appliances
    • Electrical and plumbing: ensure all outlets and fixtures work properly
    • Storage: evaluate the amount and accessibility of storage space
    • HVAC system: check the condition and age of the heating and cooling system
    • Bathrooms: evaluate the condition and age of fixtures and plumbing
    • Kitchen: evaluate the condition and age of cabinets, countertops and appliances
    • Attic and basement: check for proper insulation and ventilation
  • Neighborhood:
    • Location: evaluate the neighborhood’s proximity to amenities such as schools, shopping, and parks
    • Noise level: assess the level of noise from traffic and neighbors
    • Safety: check the crime rate in the area and the condition of nearby properties
    • Traffic: evaluate the traffic flow in the neighborhood and any potential congestion

By following this checklist, you can ensure that you thoroughly evaluate each home you view, and make an informed decision when it comes to purchasing your new home.