Comparing Homes

In order to make the best purchasing decision, you should always have a list of questions ready to ask yourself for each house you visit when you are trying to find a new home. Below is a list of questions that you should ask yourself with each visit. However, each buying experience is unique to the buyer so feel free to add and take off things so this check list best fits what you are looking for in your new home.

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THE HOME

  • Square footage
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Number of baths
  • Practicality of floor plan
  • Interior walls condition
  • Closet/storage space
  • Basement
  • Fireplace
  • Cable TV
  • Basement: dampness or odors
  • Exterior appearance, condition
  • Lawn/yard space
  • Fence
  • Patio or deck
  • Garage
  • Energy efficiency
  • Screens, storm windows
  • Roof: age and condition
  • Gutters and downspouts

THE NEIGHBORHOOD

  • Appearance/condition of nearby
  • homes/businesses
  • Traffic
  • Noise Level
  • Safety/Security
  • Age mix of inhabitants
  • Number of children
  • Pet restrictions
  • Parking
  • Zoning regulations
  • Neighborhood restrictions/covenants
  • Fire protection
  • Police
  • Snow removal
  • Garbage service

SCHOOLS

  • Age/condition
  • Reputation
  • Quality of teachers
  • Achievement test scores
  • Play areas
  • Curriculum
  • Class size
  • Busing distance

CONVENIENCE TO:

  • Supermarket
  • Schools
  • Work
  • Shopping
  • Child Care
  • Hospitals
  • Doctor/dentist
  • Recreation/parks
  • Restaurants/entertainment
  • Church/synagogue
  • Airport
  • Highways
  • Public transportation
  • Return back to the FHA Mortgage Center.com home or the FHA Lending Guide.