Watch this short video for some useful tips for the overall home-search process. These include: Take lots of pictures of each. Outside, key rooms, yard, garage and features you care about. Comparing pictures is faster than re-visiting. Document and "score" as you go. Measure — ideally, the same measurements for each place. The Federal Housing and Urban Development agency - HUD - provides a helpful scorecard to use. They recently moved the scorecard; heres the new web address: https://www.hud.gov/sites/documents/CHECKLIST-EN.PDF Alternatively, keeping record on a smartphone with an app or spreadsheet may facilitate the process, especially for couples and families.