So you’ve decided to buy a new home. Before you go out looking at actual properties, odds are you’re going to sit down and figure out exactly what you want out of a house. Otherwise, you’re going to end up wasting a lot of time looking at houses you have no interest in. Figuring out what you want will usually involve creating a list of wants and needs, which will then help you find listings that you are interested in. However, when you go to take a look at a house, you should bring a home search checklist with you.
What is a home search checklist?
The home search checklist is different than your wants and needs list. This checklist consists of 4 different sections, each of which consists of a list of things that you should look at. The 4 sections include the home, the neighborhood, the schools and the location’s convenience. The home section has things such as the square footage, condition of the interior walls, basement, patio or deck space, energy efficiency and more. Each section has a list contains things like these that you should look at. Each item also has three categories that you can mark – “good,” “bad” and “poor.”
Why do you need a home search checklist?
The home search checklist is an incredibly valuable tool to have on you when you are looking at homes as well as when you are considering the pros and cons of each property. The following are three reasons why you should be taking a home search checklist with you for each property you visit:
- Remembering what to look for – You may be so focused on your wants and needs that you’ll forget to check some of the basic components of the house and neighborhood. In fact, you may completely forget to check up on the neighborhood or the location of the house in terms of its convenience. Having a checklist will remind you to look at everything. Think of your home search checklist as a grocery list of sorts. What happens if you go to the grocery store without your list? You end up forgetting to buy things you need. It works the same way with house hunting.
- Remembering each property – There’s a pretty good chance that you are going to be looking at dozens of different properties. Rarely does a home buyer find the home of their dreams within the first week of searching. In fact, you’ll probably look at several houses in one day. This means that when you are trying to remember the pros and cons of that one house you looked at, you may have some trouble remembering what it was that you didn’t like or that you liked about it. If you took a checklist with you, then you can simply pull it out and look at the marks you gave each item to see what you thought about the house.
- Comparing properties – The checklist is an excellent way to compare the houses you are looking at. You don’t really need to keep the checklists for houses that you have absolutely no interest in, but you’ll want to keep a hold of the ones that you are considering. You can then take the checklists of the houses you are considering and compare them to one another.
As you can see, the home search checklist is a very valuable document to bring along with you when you are looking at properties to purchase, so be sure not to forget it! Now that you’ve been equipped with the tools to compare each home, it’s time to start looking for your next Colorado Springs home.