Austin House Hunting: Things to Look For

Buying a home in Austin is no simple task. You want to make an educated choice. Whether you're an inexperienced or experienced buyer, this Home Buyers' Checklist presents some of the critical components to think about when choosing a house. Aside from the listing price, you want to be 100% confident that the house as well as the neighborhood surpass the needs and wants of your family.

So, to help you narrow down your "contender" list from the computer to the list of houses you actually see, take this Home Buyer Checklist along when you go shopping for your home. Make note of the items that are most important to you. It'll help you put a home's features into perspective and use real life ways to measure the houses you've been viewing. Keeping this list handy, you'll be able to judge the characteristics of two or three houses. Click here to print this page.

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Home Address      
Asking Price $ $ $
Real Estate Taxes $ $ $
The Neighborhood
Miles Away From the Job      
Miles Away From Schools      
Minutes Away From Shopping      
Minutes Away From Expressways      
Close to Public Transportation      
Near Hospitals      
Minutes Away From Churches      
Garbage Collection      
Street Lights      
Kid Friendly      
Streets / Alleys Well-Maintained      
Heavy Traffic      
Walking / Biking Trails      
Neighbors' Properties Well-Maintained      
All Utilities Installed      
Neighborhood Rules      
Minutes Away From Airports / Trains      
Area Zoned Residential      
Near Industry      
Proposed Special Assessments      
Green-Friendly Neighborhood      
The Home
Age of House      
No. of Stories      
Wood Frame, Brick Frame or Siding      
Quality of Roof      
Foundation Quality      
General Exterior Appearance      
Garage Size      
No. of Bathrooms      
No. of Closets      
No. of Bedrooms      
Oil, Gas or Electric Heat      
Insulation      
Central Air Conditioning      
Energy-Conservation Features      
Age of Heating System      
Age of Water Heater      
Capacity of Water Heater      
Age of Electrical Wiring      
Quality of Plumbing Pipes      
Estimated Water Bill $ $ $
Estimated Heating Bill $ $ $
Estimated Electric Bill $ $ $
Living Areas      
Fireplace      
Separate Dining Space      
Family Room      
Carpeting - No. of Rooms      
Eat-In Kitchen      
Refrigerator      
Stove / Oven (Gas / Electric)      
Garbage Disposal      
Dishwasher      
Broken / Drafty Windows      
Storm Windows / Screens      
Washer / Dryer Outlets      
Laundry Area      
Finished Basement      
Attic      
Sump Pump / Drainage      
Connected to Sewer System      
Patio / Deck      
Backyard Fence      
Curb Appeal      
Property Line      
Safety (dead bolts, detectors)      
Building Code      
Compliance      
Ability to Renovate / Expand Home      

Issac W. Harper Real Estate Broker/Realtor©

P.O. Box 143683
Austin, TX 78714-3683