How To Keep Score As You Look At Homes

It is difficult not to hit ‘information overload’ while looking at possible home purchases.  Take pictures, measure and maintain a ‘scorecard’ as you go, but pay especial attention to these things:

  • Maintenance and Potential Problems.  Look critically at systems like heat and AC; appliances and working mechanisms like doors and garage doors.
  • Observe the roof as best you can; even though it will probably be inspected, it’s a critical aspect of each house.
  • Look down!  Carpets and floors are big wear points.
  • Ask lots of questions about the house, and include questions about the neighborhood and community.  Look for clear and complete answers as you go.

Consistent questions and a ‘scorecard’ will save you time in the long run.  This free Federal resource may be useful:

https://www.hud.gov/sites/documents/CHECKLIST-EN.PDF

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