Why You’ll Need a Checklist
While it really is fun looking at homes, you’re not just doing this for fun. It is easy to get distracted by how the seller has decorated the home or by their family photos. By using the Walkthrough Checklist, you’ll be able to keep track of the most important aspects of the homes you see. After seeing several homes and giving them a total “score” on the Checklist, you’ll be able to compare homes not just by memory, but by a single number score.
The Checklist is not supposed to take the place of an inspection, but it does help you choose between homes.
Download the “Walkthrough Checklist” to the right and lets talk about how to put it to good use. You’ll notice its broken up into Neighborhood, Exterior of Home, Yard or Property, Interior of Home, and Garage/Carport/Parking. On a scale from 1 to 4, you can rate 20 aspects of the home and then add them up for an Overall Score.
The Checklist is also helpful for remembering which house was which after you’ve seen a number of homes in a short period.
After you see several homes, you’ll be able to compare the Overall Score of each one. This helps you make a decision on the best home not only by “feeling” but also by the facts. While a home you’re planning to live in needs to provide positive feelings, we believe the best decisions come from using both the emotional and the logical perspective.
Ask your Buyer’s Agent to teach you the pros and cons of items on the Checklist such as roofing materials & siding types.
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