House hunting is the most exciting part of the home buying process. This is the time when you get to choose every detail of your home, from siding color to mailbox shape, countertop material to carpet color. To make narrowing your house choices down a little simpler, you can use a House Hunting Checklist to keep track of the pros and cons of each property you tour. We’ve put together a how to guide to assist.
LET’S START WITH THE BASICS
To keep track of each property, you will want to first outline the basic details of each property. This included the Property Address, NMLS Number, Price, Number of Bedrooms and Bathrooms and square footage. To kick it up a notch, you can also include a First Impression Rating. Here is a sample of how the top of your House Hunting Checklist should look:
THE HOME IN GENERAL
Now, let’s add a section about the home itself. This is where we take a closer look at how the home is constructed. Take into account thing such as the exterior condition, floor plan and the garage space. You should also note the sizes of each bedroom to be sure the size is adequate enough to suit the purpose you intend for each. For example, if you plan to use the third bedroom for a guest suite, you may want to make sure it is larger than the space you would need for a small home office. You can use a number scale system or a thumbs up or thumbs down to indicate your thoughts. Here’s a sample of how we put together our general home checklist:
Next, we’ll focus on the details of the home. Can you live with the carpet color or will it need to be replaced? Are the faucets outdated? Do you need to upgrade the lighting fixtured to be more energy efficient? This is the section of your checklist to make note of all of the features of the home you are touring to determine if it fits the picture of what you’re searching for.
Finding your dream home is just as important as finding your dream neighborhood. What is your commute to work going to be like once you move into your new home? Does your neighborhood have safe sidewalks for your children to ride their bicycles? What about the location of the grocery store in relation to your home? This next section of the Home Hunting Checklist will help you keep track of all these details:
In this last section, we’ll note your final thoughts about the property. This is the section you can note any deal breakers, hang ups or drawbacks. Although this is the shortest section, this is the most important.
The Final Thoughts section is the most important piece of this Home Hunting Checklist because it can be used to narrow down your exact desires for your agent. The Sandi Meisse Team, having been lifetime residents of the Pocono Mountains, will be able to find you the home you picture in your mind, located in a neighborhood you’ll love.
Our agents are well versed in the community and can match any family to the property that perfectly suits all their needs! Give the Sandi Meisse Team a call at 570-402-8536 to schedule a meeting with one of our dedicated agents to begin your Home Hunting today!