Customize this checklist by adding the "must have" features from your Housing Priorities Checklist. When looking at properties, evaluate them thoroughly. Take pictures to help remember details.
in foundation, driveway, sidewalks?
drainage near foundation/slab (such as gravel)…trees and shrubs two feet away
trees to provide summer shade, especially on west side, all trees are living?
for worn signs on shingles.
of dust, dents, leaks, leaves.
paint, is it bubbling or are many layers showing thickness?
or double pane—tight fitting?
⃞ Do eaves hang over siding to provide adequate protection from storms?
them all, this could mean the foundation has shifted, causing poor fitting doors
and windows and leaks in house. Also, could lead to flooding.
for water stains on walls and ceiling—dry wall may be damaged.
box—200 amp service?
AC, water heater, water softener—do they appear to be in good repair? Check
for servicing decals on each appliance to see if they've been maintained.
clues—look for an unfinished section to see the construction used—beams,
floor joists, and subflooring may be visible—are they sturdy? Solid?
of insulation (fiberglass or blown) how thick?
⃞ Ventilation—whole house fan? Ridge vent? Eaves venting?
Check wood for signs of water damage.
Modern, working appliances? Newer appliances may run quieter and more efficiently.
⃞ Faucets easily turn on and off w/o dripping?
enough tub or shower?
room when sitting in bathroom?
the brand on older homes (do-it-yourself or plumber's quality?)
walls and ceilings for water damage.
carpeting/flooring need replacing or refinishing?
you need interior painted?
down addresses of neighboring homes to check appraised values later.
if you don't have children .
work, shopping, entertainment?
⃞ Heavy traffic or noise?