The Home Buyer Checklist

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Mortgage and Lending

The Home Buyer Checklist identifies some of the important factors to consider when choosing a home. In addition to an affordable sales price, you will also want to be sure that the neighborhood and house meet the needs of your family.

Take this checklist along when you go shopping for your house. It will help you evaluate the neighborhoods and assess the availability and condition of various features of up to three homes in a side-by-side comparison.

Home Buyer checklist

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Property Address

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Asking Price

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Real Estate Taxes

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The Neighborhood

Near Work

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Near Schools

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Near Shopping

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Near Expressways

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Near Public Transportation

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Near Doctors / Dentists

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Near Churches

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Garbage Collection

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Street Lights

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Sidewalks

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Streets / Alleys Well Maintained

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Traffic Volume

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Parks

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Neighbor's Property Well Maintained

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All Utilities Installed

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Neighborhood / Restrictions

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Near Trains / Airports

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Area Zoned Residential

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Near Industry

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Proposed Special Assessments

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Environment Concerns / Influences

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The House

Age of House

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No. of Stories

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Wood Frame

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Brick Frame

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Wood & Brick Frame

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Aluminum Siding

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Roof Condition

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Foundation Condition

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Overall Exterior Condition

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Garage Size

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No. of Bathrooms

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No. of Closets

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No. of Bedrooms

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Oil Heat

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Gas Heat

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Electric Heat

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Hot Water Heat

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Insulation

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Central Air Conditioning

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Energy-Conservation Features

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Age of Heating System

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Age of Water Heater

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Capacity of Water Heater

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Age of Electrical Wiring

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Plumbing Condition

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Estimated Water Bill

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Estimated Heating Bill

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Estimated Electric Bill

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Living Room

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Fireplace

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Separate Dining Room

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Family Room

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Drapes - No. of Rooms

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Carpeting - No. of Rooms

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Kitchen Eating Area

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Refrigerator

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Stove / Oven (Gas / Electric)

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Garbage Disposal

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Dishwasher

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Broken Windows

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Storm Windows / Screens

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Washer / Dryer Outlets

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Laundry Space

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Finished Basement

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Attic

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Sump Pump / Drainage

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Connected to Sewer System

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Patio

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Backyard Fence

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Landscaping

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Property Boundaries

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Security (dead bolts, detectors)

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Building Code

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Compliance

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Ability to Expand / Enlarge House

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First-Time Home Buyers: 12 Things You Must Do

Karl Peidl

Accredited Mortgage Advocate

Lincoln Mortgage Company

251 Bellevue Avenue, Suite 102

Hammonton, NJ 08037

609-878-7013

kpeidl@linc-mort.com

www.karlpeidl.com

 

 

Pennsylvania: Licensed by the PA Department of Banking as a First Mortgage Banker and licensed pursuant to the PA Secondary Mortgage Loan Act. New Jersey: Licensed by the N. J. Department of Banking and Insurance Maryland: Authorized Mortgage Lender by the State of Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation. Florida: Licensed Mortgage Lender by the Florida Office of Financial Regulation. Delaware: Licensed Lender by the Delaware Office of the State Bank Commissioner.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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David Zablatsky
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Thank you so much, Karl for your post!!

-David

Sep 18, 2009 02:46 AM #1
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Pat O'Reilly
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Good checklist!! Thanks for posting

Sep 18, 2009 02:47 AM #2
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Jason Simonson
Menomonie, WI
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Yes, Perfect. Thanks so much.

Sep 18, 2009 02:54 AM #3
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Karl Peidl
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Gentlemen - Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments.  Please let me know if you feel there is something I missed that should be added.

Sep 18, 2009 03:00 AM #4
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Crystal Ledbetter
Texas Home Group - Montgomery, TX

nice check list!

Sep 18, 2009 03:14 AM #5
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Karl Peidl
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Thanks Crystal

Sep 18, 2009 03:28 AM #6
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Useful ideas - Speaking of which , if your business needs a a form , my boss found a template form here http://pdf.ac/7ZEfpf.

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