Home Buying: A Home Features Checklist

Posted by Steve Minino on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 4:18pm.

Deciding to buy a home is a huge financial decision. Once credit checks have been done and a price limit has been set, many people relax, thinking the rest (touring different homes and picking one) will be easy. But is difficult to rely on memory alone for keeping track of the features of even a few homes. It is also difficult not to be swayed into thinking that one very appealing feature in a home can make up for a lack of other features that you wanted.

Eat-in KitchenBefore looking at any homes, it is a good idea to go through the following checklist and decide what features are important to you. Make sure you identify which features you must have and which features you would like, but could live without. Stick to your original features list and only let your heart have a say when it is time to make a decision between more than one home with all the features you want.

Check all the features you would like in a home. Double check or highlight the features that you must have. Make copies of your checklist and as you tour homes for sale, note the features that each home offers.

Home Features Checklist


Low Rise CondominiumAge of Home:

Resale
New
Specific Age ______
Character Home

Type of Home

Detached
Townhouse
Semi-detached
Duplex
High-rise
Low-rise

Lot Size

Small
Medium
Large

Street

On Bus Route Yes No
Quiet Street Yes No
Sidewalks Yes No

Exterior Finishing

Vinyl Siding
Aluminum Siding
Brick
Wood
Combination Brick and Siding

Water and Sewer

Water Municipal Well
Sewer Municipal Septic

Type of Heating

Gas
Oil
Electric
Other

Number of Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Bedrooms 1 2 3 4 More than 4
Bathrooms 1 2 3 4 More than 4

Other Features

Master Bedroom En Suite Yes No
Ground Floor Bathroom Yes No
Eat-in Kitchen Yes No
Separate Dining Room Yes No
Fireplace Yes No
Family Room Yes No
Entertainment Room Yes No
Kitchen Pantry Yes No
Wood stove Yes No
Deck or Patio Yes No
Garage Yes No
Private Driveway Yes No
Security Features Yes No
Pool Yes No
Custom Kitchen Yes No

Additional features you are looking forĀ  _______________________

The location of your home may also be an important consideration. Do you want to live in a certain neighborhood? Do you want your home to be close to schools, work, recreation facilities, restaurants, public transportation, parks, or shopping?

There are so many home features to take into consideration when buying a home, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Stick to your checklist and try not to be swayed by homes that show really well but that do not have the features you are looking for.

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Hopkins Minino Home Team
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