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Best House Hunting Checklists

When buying a home, it’s important to look at all aspects of the home to make sure it’s in tip-top shape. If you’re buying an older home, you’ll probably notice more things that need to be updated. Either way, keeping a running checklist of things that need to be fixed will be a good way to start your negotiations with the seller.


We searched online to find the best house hunting checklists. All you’ll need to do is download each and print them for your next appointment. These checklists will offer some tips for things to checkout while you’re hunting – and it will hopefully save you some money in the long run.

  • Homes.com
    Offers a comprehensive list of interior and exterior things to look at when searching for a home. It’s easy to follow layout offers fill in the blank and “yes/no” options – so you can compare apples-to-apples when you’re looking at multiple homes.
     
  • Newconstructionrebateprogram.com
    Offers a fairly basic fill-in-the-blank format and includes more than just an interior/exterior evaluation – it includes a community checklist as well. You can grade key community features like: quality of schools, entertainment and parks by checking anything from “excellent” to “poor”.
     
  • Zillow.com
    This checklist will help you decide what kind of home you want and need for your family. It’s really more of a place to start when you’re getting ready to go on your home search. It will help you create your home requirements and “wish list” – and will serve as a great conversation starter when you have a first meeting with your realtor. Features on this list can be graded by: “Must Have”, “Like to Have” and “Don’t Care”.


Once you download the checklist that is right for you, you’ll feel good knowing you’re considering each home objectively.

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