Houston, Texas Home Buyer: Things to Compare

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Purchasing a house is no easy task. You want to make the right decision. Whether you're a new or seasoned buyer, this Home Buyers' Checklist lists some of the impact criterion to consider when comparing houses. Aside from cost, you want to be confident that the home plus the neighborhood surpass the needs and wants of your family.

So, to help you narrow down your "possibilities" list from online to the list of properties you actually see, take this Home Buyer Checklist along when you go shopping for your home. Highlight the items that are most valuable to you. It'll help you put a home's attributes into perspective and use true to life ways to measure the homes you've been looking at now. By thinking through this list, you can see side-by-side the attributes of two or three houses. Click here to print this page.

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Property Address . . .
Asking Price $ $ $
Real Estate Taxes $ $ $
The Area
Minutes Away From the Job . . .
Close to Schools . . .
Minutes Away From Shops . . .
Highways Nearby . . .
Close to Train Stations . . .
Minutes Away From Doctors / Dentists . . .
Minutes Away From Place of Worship . . .
Garbage Collection . . .
Traffic Signs . . .
Bike Friendly . . .
Streets / Alleys Well-Maintained . . .
Heavy Traffic . . .
Parks . . .
Neighbors' Properties Well-Maintained . . .
All Utilities Installed . . .
Neighborhood Restrictions . . .
Miles Away From Airports / Trains . . .
Area Zoned Residential . . .
Near Industry . . .
Proposed Special Assessments . . .
Green-Friendly Neighborhood . . .
The House
Age of House . . .
No. of Stories . . .
Wood Frame, Brick Frame or Siding . . .
Quality of Roof . . .
Foundation Appearance . . .
General Exterior Quality . . .
Two-Car Garage . . .
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 Room . . .
Fireplace . . .
Separate Dining Area . . .
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 Room . . .
Converted Basement . . .
Attic . . .
Sump Pump / Drainage . . .
Connected to Sewer System . . .
Patio / Deck . . .
Backyard Fence . . .
Landscaping . . .
Property Line . . .
Security (dead bolts, detectors) . . .
Building Code . . .
Compliance . . .
Ability to Renovate / Enlarge House . . .

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