Make A Checklist Before You Shop For A House

Posted on: 23 January 2017


If you look on any given day at all the homes for sale in your area, you are likely to find dozens or hundreds of them. While having a lot of choices is nice, it can also make the decision harder to make. Because of this, you might find it useful to create a checklist to use to help you narrow down your decision. Here are several things you should include on the checklist you make for the house you want to buy.

Size and number of rooms

One of the most basic things to look for in the home you want to buy is the size and number of bedrooms and bathrooms. As you make your checklist, you should include general factors like this, and you may also want to include factors such as the number of floors you want in the home or whether you want a basement or not.

Size of yard

A second thing to think about for your home is the size of the yard you would like. If the size doesn't really matter to you, you could skip this step; however, yard size is usually important to people. As you think about this, you may also want to think about other factors relating to the type of yard you would like, and here are some of the factors that might be important to you:

  • Privacy – Does the yard have a fence, or are you allowed to put one up?
  • Dogs – Is there a good place for your outdoor dog to live?
  • Kid's toys – Will you need extra space for your child's toys, such as a swing set?

These are a few important things to consider as you create your list.

Work needed

Another good thing to include on your checklist is if you would like a house that is a turnkey house, meaning everything is finished and the house needs no work, or if you would prefer a house that needs some work. If you are skilled with home repairs, you might be able to make all the repairs yourself, and this is a great way to save money on a home.

The purpose of making this list is to help your real estate agent find homes in the area that match your needs, but it is also helpful for making sure the home you buy has all the most important features in it. To learn more about homes for sale in your area, contact a real estate agent today.