SUGGESTED DETAILS TO PAY ATTENTION TO IN YOUR HOME SEARCH
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.
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.
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?
What will your commute be like to work?