The Silicon Valley, California Home Buyer: Things to Look For

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The most important source of capital you'll have in your lifetime is your home. With that opportunity comes a lot of careful decision-making when it comes to picking a home to live in. Using the Home Buyer's Checklist here will help you understand all of the features of several houses and helps you identify what you care about in a home.

So, to help you prioritize your "possibilities" list from online to the list of houses you tour, take this Home Buyer Checklist along when you go house hunting. Put an emphasis on the items that are most valuable to you. It'll help you put things into perspective and use true to life ways to measure the homes you've been viewing. Keeping this list handy, you'll easily see all at once the attributes of up to three homes. Click here to print this page.


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Property Address . . .
Listing Price $ $ $
Real Estate Taxes $ $ $
The Community
Near Work . . .
Near Schools . . .
Miles Away From Shopping . . .
Highways Nearby . . .
Close to Train Stations . . .
Near Hospitals . . .
Close to Churches . . .
Garbage Collection . . .
Street Lights . . .
Bike Friendly . . .
Streets / Alleys Well-Maintained . . .
Type of Traffic . . .
Parks . . .
Neighbors' Properties Well-Maintained . . .
Major Appliances Available . . .
HOA Rules . . .
Miles Away From Airports / Trains . . .
Area Zoned Residential . . .
Near Industry . . .
Proposed Special Assessments . . .
Environmental Concerns / Influences . . .
The House
Year Home Built . . .
No. of Stories . . .
Wood Frame, Brick Frame or Siding . . .
Quality of Roof . . .
Quality of Foundation . . .
General Exterior Condition . . .
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 Spaces . . .
Fireplace . . .
Separate Dining Room . . .
Family Room . . .
Carpeting - No. of Rooms . . .
Kitchen Eating Area . . .
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 . . .
Curb Appeal . . .
Property Boundaries . . .
Security (dead bolts, detectors) . . .
Building Code . . .
Compliance . . .
Ability to Expand / Expand Home . . .

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