Santa Fe House Hunting: Things to Look For

The biggest investment you'll make in Santa Fe, New Mexico is your property. With that choice comes a lot of detailed decision-making when it comes to choosing a house to live in. Using the Home Buyer's Checklist here will help you understand all of the characteristics of many homes and helps you to narrow down what you really want as a first-time homeowner.

So, to help you streamline your "contender" list from online to the list of houses you visit, take this checklist along when you go house hunting. Make note of the items that are most valuable to you. It'll help you put a home's characteristics into perspective and use true to life ways to measure the houses you're touring. By using this list, you'll be able to see at a glance the features of up to three homes. Click here to print this page.

Buying a house is a major decision. I can give you home buying tips on choosing a home that's right for you in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Call Leyba Real Estate LLC, Santa Fe, New Mexico's real estate expert, at 505-473-0223 and I can help you make the decision that leads you to the house of your dreams.
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Property Address      
Asking Price $ $ $
Real Estate Taxes $ $ $
The Community
Close to Work      
Close to Schools      
Minutes Away From Shops      
Highways Nearby      
Miles Away From Train Stations      
Close to Doctors / Dentists      
Miles Away From Churches      
Garbage Collection      
Traffic Warnings      
Bike Friendly      
Streets / Alleys Well-Maintained      
Type of Traffic      
Playgrounds      
Neighbors' Properties Well-Maintained      
Major Appliances Installed      
Neighborhood Rules      
Minutes Away From Airports / Trains      
Area Zoned Residential      
Near Industry      
Proposed Special Assessments      
Green-Friendly Neighborhood      
The House
Year House Built      
No. of Stories      
Wood Frame, Brick Frame or Siding      
Quality of Roof      
Quality of Foundation      
Overall Exterior Quality      
Multi-Car Garage      
No. of Bathrooms      
No. of Closets      
No. of Bedrooms      
Oil, Gas or Electric Heat      
Insulation      
Central Air Conditioning      
Energy-Conservation Features      
Age of Heating System      
Age of Water Heater      
Capacity of Water Heater      
Age of Electrical Wiring      
Plumbing Quality      
Estimated Water Bill $ $ $
Estimated Heating Bill $ $ $
Estimated Electric Bill $ $ $
Living Areas      
Fireplace      
Separate Dining Space      
Family Room      
Carpeting - No. of Rooms      
Eat-In Kitchen      
Refrigerator      
Stove / Oven (Gas / Electric)      
Garbage Disposal      
Dishwasher      
Broken / Drafty Windows      
Storm Windows / Screens      
Washer / Dryer Outlets      
Laundry Area      
Finished Basement      
Attic      
Sump Pump / Drainage      
Connected to Sewer System      
Patio / Deck      
Backyard Fence      
Landscaping      
Property Line      
Security (dead bolts, detectors)      
Building Code      
Compliance      
Ability to Renovate / Enlarge Home