SUGGESTED DETAILS TO PAY ATTENTION TO IN YOUR HOME SEARCH

Neighborhood

  • What schools are you zoned for? How are they ranked?

  • Are there sex offenders nearby?

  • Do the neighbors take care of their properties?

  • Is it a neighborhood with young families or are most people older?

  • How much noise is there?

  • How close are parks, shopping/grocery stores, highway access.

Interior

  • Take a good look at the ceilings; look for slopes, stains, are there popcorn ceilings?

  • Look for water stains in the floors- this could be as easy as a toddler left an open cup but could also mean water damage from leaky pipes or water getting on from rainy days.

  • What year was the house built? If prior to 1978, check for lead paint.

  • How old are the appliances? If they are much older, they could be costly to replace and this should reflect in your offer price or request a Home Warranty from the Sellers for the first year.

  • Are there any weird smells? This can mean some underlying issues under the floors or in the walls.

Exterior

  • What does the roof look like? Is it in good condition?

  • Are the gutters in good condition?

  • Are there any significant cracks in the slab? This could mea foundational issues.

  • How long is the driveway? Does it slope causing your kids toys to roll into the street?

  • If there’s a pool, take note of how clean it is and if the pump is in good working condition.

  • Are there sprinklers?

Other Considerations

  • What will your commute be like to work?