Home Buyer Checklist

Southwest Michigan Home Buyer List

The most important secured investment in Southwest Michigan is your house. With that decision comes a lot of thoughtful decision-making when it comes to choosing a house to live in. Using the Home Buyer's Checklist below will help you compare all of the attributes of up to three homes and helps you see what you care about in a home. 

To help you streamline your "good enough" list from the computer to the list of places 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 in line and use rational ways to measure the houses you're looking at now. Keeping this list handy, you can see at a glance the features of two or three houses.


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Property Address   
Listing Price$$$
Real Estate Taxes$$$
The Neighborhood
Close to the Job   
Minutes Away From Schools   
Close to Shops / Restaurants   
Interstates Nearby   
Near Bus Stops   
Near Doctors / Dentists   
Near Place of Worship   
Garbage Collection   
Street Lights   
Pedestrian Friendly   
Streets / Alleys Well-Maintained   
Traffic Volume   
Playgrounds   
Neighbors' Properties Well-Maintained   
Major Appliances Installed   
HOA Rules   
Minutes Away From Airports / Trains   
Area Zoned Residential   
Near Industry   
Proposed Special Assessments   
Green-Friendly Neighborhood   
The House
Year Home Built   
No. of Floors   
Wood Frame, Brick Frame or Siding   
Roof Appearance   
Quality of Foundation   
General Exterior Appearance   
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 Areas   
Fireplace   
Separate Dining Area   
Family Room   
Carpeting - No. of Rooms   
Eat-In Kitchen   
Refrigerator   
Stove / Oven (Gas / Electric)   
Garbage Disposal   
Dishwasher   
Broken / Drafty Windows   
Storm Windows / Screens   
Washer / Dryer Outlets   
Laundry Area   
Renovated 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 / Enlarge House