House Hunting Checklist Download this checklist: Word Format

Prioritize Your Wants and Needs

The home features you want aren’t always the same as the ones you need. Use this checklist to help separate needs from wants. Then consider how you’ll live in the house today and in years to come as you accommodate growing children or elderly parents. It may seem like a lot, but the more I know, the better I can find the home of your dreams

N: Need
W: Want
DW: Don’t want

N

W

DW

TYPE

 

 

 

Single-family

 

 

 

Townhome

 

 

 

Condo

 

 

 

New

 

 

 

Existing

 

N

W

DW

LOCATION

 

 

 

Central city

 

 

 

Suburbs

 

 

 

Outlying

 

 

 

Away from heavy traffic

 

NEAR

 

 

 

Job

 

 

 

Schools

 

 

 

Parks

 

 

 

Public transportation

 

 

 

Airport

 

 

 

Expressway

 

 

 

Neighborhood shopping

 

 

 

Regional mall

 

 

 

Entertainment/restaurants/theaters

 

N

W

DW

CONDITION

 

 

 

Well kept

 

 

 

Fixer-upper

 

 

 

Needs minor work

 

N

W

DW

STYLE

 

 

 

Traditional

 

 

 

Contemporary

 

 

 

Ranch

 

 

 

Two-story

 

 

 

Tudor

 

 

 

Victorian

 

 

 

Split-level

 

 

 

Colonial

 

 

 

Other

 

N

W

DW

EXTERIOR

 

 

 

Brick

 

 

 

Stucco

 

 

 

Aluminum siding

 

 

 

Vinyl siding

 

 

 

Wood frame

N

W

DW

SYSTEMS

 

 

 

Boiler, furnace, oil tank (circle preferred system)

 

 

 

Central air conditioning

 

 

 

Security

 

 

 

Internet/cable ready

N

W

DW

FLOOR PLAN

 

 

 

Basement

 

 

 

Finished basement

 

 

 

Attic

 

 

 

Formal foyer

 

 

 

Formal living room

 

 

 

Great room

 

 

 

Family room

 

 

 

Formal dining room

 

 

 

Office

 

 

 

Media room/rec room

 

 

 

Mud room/laundry room

 

N

W

DW

BATHROOMS

 

 

 

Number: ____________

 

 

 

Shower

 

 

 

Tub

 

 

 

Double sinks

 

 

 

Dressing area

 

N

W

DW

BEDROOMS

 

 

 

Number: _____________

 

 

 

Master suite

 

 

 

First-floor master suite

 

 

 

Rooms for future children/elderly relatives

 

N

W

DW

KITCHEN

 

 

 

Countertop materials: _____________

 

 

 

New appliances

 

 

 

Eating area

 

 

 

Desk area

 

 

 

Pantry

 

 

 

Center island

N

W

DW

GARAGE/PARKING

 

 

 

Size: ___________

 

 

 

Street parking

 

 

 

Paved driveway

 

 

 

Reserved or deeded spot (for condos)

 

N

W

DW

SPECIAL FEATURES

 

INTERIOR

 

 

 

Fireplace

 

 

 

Vaulted ceilings

 

 

 

High ceilings

 

 

 

Wood floors

 

 

 

Built-in cabinets

 

 

 

Big closets

 

 

 

Extra storage space

 

 

 

First/second-floor laundry

 

EXTERIOR

 

 

 

Good view

 

 

 

Natural light

 

 

 

Backyard

 

 

 

Garden

 

 

 

Play area

 

 

 

Screened porch

 

 

 

Patio/deck

 

 

 

Barbecue area

 

 

 

Outdoor lighting

 

 

 

Fenced yard

 

 

 

Mature trees

 

 

 

Mature shrubs

 

 

 

Maintenance provided by a homeowners association

 

COMMUNITY/NEIGHBORHOOD

 

 

 

Highly-rated schools

 

 

 

Swimming pool

 

 

 

Tennis courts

 

 

 

Golf course

 

 

 

Parks

 

 

 

Park programs/activities

 

 

 

Health clubs

 

 

 

Sidewalks

 

 

 

Local college

 

LIFESTYLE

 

 

 

Kid-friendly spaces

 

 

 

Room for older parents

 

 

 

Sport/basketball court

 

 

 

Room for guests/entertaining

 

Sources: Gail G. Lyons, ABR, CRS, Boulder Real Estate Services Ltd./Realty Executives, Boulder, Colo., and REALTOR® Magazine Online.        


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