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House Hunter's Scorecard
Nothings’ quite so frustrating as forgetting why you liked two or three particular homes after weeks of looking. With this scorecard, you can keep a record for yourself…..Not only does this list include most of the features you’ll be needing in a home, it takes into account the importance of the surrounding community.

Maybe even more important, it allows you to set up a priority list ahead of time, a ranking order of features from the most vital to insignificant. Since most home purchases are compromises, this should help make your decision easier.

Thee priority list can also help a Realtor get a better picture of what you are looking for in a house to select those houses available that best meet your requirements.

When you are visiting different homes, there’s no need to feel embarrassed bout pulling out this check list and making notes. After all, you have a big decision to make, and it behooves you to take every precaution.

Selecting your Title Insurer

You’ll want to protect the title to your property with title insurance.  You want to be sure that you have a good title, free and clear of any claim which might possible affect your ownership in the future.

A title insurance policy insures your rights as a homeowner. Should a claim ever arise against your title as insured, title company will arrange for legal counsel to defend your title, in court if necessary, completely at its own expense. Should the claim be valid and a loss sustained, it is paid by title company up to the full value of the policy.

 
About the House: Priority House A House B House C
Asking price        
Real estate taxes        
  Water bill          
  Heating bill        
  Electric bill          
  Age of house          
One-story          
  Two-story          
Wood frame          
 
About the House: Priority House A House B House C
Brick and wood frame          
Aluminum siding          
Overall exterior condition          
Storm windows          
Garage (note capacity)          
Gas heat          
Electric heat          
Hoc-water heat          
Age of heating plant          
Central air cond./age          
Number of bedrooms          
Living room          
Separate dining room          
Kitchen eating area          
Number of bathrooms          
Closets          
Refrigerator          
Cooking stove          
Disposal          
Dishwasher          
Clothes washer/dryer          
  Laundry space          
Adequate water heater          
Basement storage area          
 
About the House: Priority House A House B House C
Finished basement          
Attic storage area          
Finished attic          
Number of fireplaces          
Drapes          
Carpeting          
Modern electrical wiring          
Sump pump/drainage          
Overhead sewer system          
Backyard patio          
Fence on lot lines          
Pleasing landscaping          
 
About the Neighborhood: Priority House A House B House C
Streets clean          
Neighbors' property well-maintained          
Flooding (check local government)          
Loud noises, bad odors        
Nearby train tracks          
Open drainage ditch          
All utilities installed          
Area zoned residential          
Nearby industry          
Proposed special assessments          
Garbage collection          
Street lights          
Streets and alleys well-maintained          
Heavy airplane traffic          
Newspaper stories about community
or school difficulties
         
 
The House Is Near: House A House B House C
Public transportation
(within walking distance)
       
Thoroughfares or expressways
(short driving time)
       
Convenience shopping        
Schools which the children will attend
(check with school officials)
       
Parks        
 
The House is X Minutes From: House A House B House C
Work        
Downtown        
Convenience shopping        
Elementary school        
High school        
Doctors        
Relatives        
House of worship        
 

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