Home Buying Primer

Make A List – Check It TwiceTouring homes is exciting, exhausting and – after enough of them – often confusing. By the end of the day, your memory may become fuzzy so you won’t be able to remember if the house with the fabulous kitchen had three bedrooms or four, or which house had the spot for the garden you’ve always dreamed of. That’s why we’ve developed the RE/MAX Associates Home Hunting Checklist. Print extras so you can complete one for each home you tour and use it to track important details such as square footage, condition and age of the roof, and noise level of the neighborhood.

And while you’re looking at the feature you want in a new home, be sure to step back and consider the bigger picture – the permanent attributes – of the house. Remember that while you can change superficial elements like wallpaper, paint color and window treatments, you shouldn’t discount them completely. Keep in mind that even minor remodeling can cost both time and money. Conversely, don’t let outward appearances alone keep you from a house that would otherwise be a perfect fit.

If you’ve taken good notes, your RE/MAX Associates Home Hunting Checklists will be a great tool moving forward in the home-buying process. Keep them handy, refer to them often and be sure to share them with your RE/MAX Associates agent so s/he can continually refine the types of homes s/he’s researching for you.

The Home

Good Average Poor
Square Footage
Number Of Bedrooms
Number Of Baths
Practicality Of Floor Plan
Condition Of Interior Walls
Closet/Storage Space
Basement
Fireplace
Cable TV
Basement: Dampness/Odors
Exterior Appearance/Condition
Lawn/Yard Space
Fence
Patio/Deck
Garage
Energy Efficiency
Screens/Storm Windows
Roof: Age, Condition
Gutters/Downspouts

The Neighborhood

Good Average Poor
Nearby Homes/Businesses
Traffic
Noise Level
Safety/Security
Age Mix Of Inhabitants
Number Of Children
Pet Restrictions
Parking
Zoning Regulations
Neighborhood Restrictions/Covenants
Fire Protection
Police
Snow Removal
Garbage Service

Schools

Good Average Poor
Age/Condition
Reputation
Quality Of Teachers
Achievement Test Scores
Play Areas
Curriculum
Class Size
Busing Distance

Convenience To

Good Average Poor
Supermarket
Schools
Work
Shopping
Child Care
Hospitals
Doctor/Dentist
Recreation/Parks
Church/Synagogue
Airport
Highways
Public Transportation