House Hunting Comparison Checklist

Things to Compare when Buying a Home

When you are searching around for housing that you would like to purchase, you may not run across your dream home. If you are in the need to move, then you will need to compare what you have seen to determine what is the best fit for you. Even if you find what you consider your dream home, it may lack some of the essentials for you and your family, and must be dropped from consideration.

Here is a starter list of things to compare when looking at homes. You will definitely want to add what you find essential to the list, and if you happen to have a member of the family with special needs, your checklist will grow even longer. So let this be an initial guide with room for improvement.

By the way, if you are looking for a checklist for those who need more help getting around, here is a good checklist from Accessible Home Consultants.

Total Rooms
# : _____
Bedrooms
# : _____
Bathrooms
# : _____
Square Footage
# : _____
Floors
# : _____
Attic
yes / no
Basement
yes / no
Garage
yes / no
Car Spaces
# : _____
Kitchen
 
 
 
Working Area
Good : ____
Fair : ____
Poor : ____
Appliances
Good : ____
Fair : ____
Poor : ____
Island
Good : ____
Fair : ____
Poor : ____
Living Area
 
 
 
HVAC
Good : ____
Fair : ____
Poor : ____
Open Window Venting
Good : ____
Fair : ____
Poor : ____
Ambient Lighting
Good : ____
Fair : ____
Poor : ____
Room to Room Flow
Good : ____
Fair : ____
Poor : ____
Home Location
 
 
 
Work Commute
Quick : ____
Fair : ____
Far : ____
School Commute
Quick : ____
Fair : ____
Far : ____
School Locations
Close : ____
Fair : ____
Far : ____
Library
Close : ____
Fair : ____
Far : ____
Post Office
Close : ____
Fair : ____
Far : ____
Stores
Close : ____
Fair : ____
Far : ____
Police
Close : ____
Fair : ____
Far : ____
Fire Station
Close : ____
Fair : ____
Far : ____
Hospital
Close : ____
Fair : ____
Far : ____
Church
Close : ____
Fair : ____
Far : ____
Local Parks
Close : ____
Fair : ____
Far : ____

House Structure

  • ____ Attic rafters and floor joists don't sag
  • ____ No water stains on ceilings, walls, or in attic
  • ____ No holes in attic ceiling
  • ____ No cracks or sags in walls, means structure has moved since building
  • ____ Chimney is fully functioning

Slab Foundation

  • ____ Level concrete slab
  • ____ No cracks in concrete slab

Foundation with Basement

  • ____ No mildew, leaks, or cracks in basement
  • ____ No rotting wood joists
  • ____ Minimum insulation installed for floor

Exterior

  • ____ Doors align to open and close easily, not rotten
  • ____ Windows are not leaking, not rotten
  • ____ Doesn't need painting
  • ____ Rain is directed away from the house, has proper gutters & drains

Interior

  • ____ Central appliances don't need repair (water heater, HVAC, etc.)
  • ____ Floors don"t creak, and they lay flat
  • ____ Tile floors and carpets don't need replacing

Electrical

  • ____ Electrical power throughout the house is ample
  • ____ Laundry room and kitchen circuits are separate
  • ____ Circuits are not overloaded
  • ____ Wiring is in good condition
  • ____ Outlets are easy to access in each room

Plumbing

  • ____ Water pressure is good
  • ____ The supply of water is quiet throughout the house
  • ____ No leaks around the supply and waste pipes
  • ____ Waste water drains appropriately fast
  • ____ The toilets are operational

Yard Checks

  • ____ Ground level, drains away from the house
  • ____ Driveway level, not difficult to get in and out
  • ____ Should you want to keep them, gardens and flower-beds in place

You can look further into home buying checklists by looking at some of these books from Amazon.

Get a Home Inspector, When You Narrow It Down

After visiting a few houses, you will realize what you have missed at previous locations, and what you want to make sure you check for on future locations. When it comes down to it though, this is some level of preliminary. A paid home inspector will go all through a house, and provide a detailed report, for a few hundred dollars.

This report is worth it when it comes to preventing future money from being spent on absolutely necessary repairs, that could cost thousands. I liked a house once, but the inspector found that the floor joist was rotting right under the master bedroom shower. The house was kind of cheap, but that the floor joist would have had to be replaced, and the master shower likely replaced, and when properly sealed, that could tie into the wall.

I pulled my offer on that house. So when you have your selections narrowed down, spend that money once on a home inspection, to know what you may have to spend in the near future to fix it, but you can see it coming.

Types of Homes

House Type
Pros
Cons
Single-Family Home
More ownership
More responsibility
Townhouses/Condos
Services and amenities
Pay community costs
New Home
Fewer maintenance costs
Less choice in style and neighborhood
Existing Home
Established neighborhood
Higher maintenance costs

You can checkout my hub on the things you need to do when looking for a home.

What is Missing from the Checklist?

What are some key factors you would require when looking to purchase a house? Big enough game room, surrounded by a forest, next to a train track to remind you of childhood, etc. Let us hubbers know by commenting below.

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