Santa Fe Home Buying: Things to Look For

It's a given that house hunters - whether they're first time buyers or experienced - want to buy their ideal house. And, it's common to lose sight of your goals with all the houses in Santa Fe that look like possibilities (price, no. of bedrooms, etc.).

To help you streamline your "good enough" list from the computer to the list of properties you tour, take this Home Buyer Checklist along when you go shopping for your house. Highlight the items that are most important to you. It'll help you put things in line and use realistic ways to measure the houses you're looking at now. Keeping this list handy, you'll easily compare the characteristics of up to three homes. Click here to print this page.

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Home Address      
Asking Price $ $ $
Real Estate Taxes $ $ $
The Area
Near the Job      
Minutes Away From Schools      
Near Shopping      
Minutes Away From Highways      
Close to Bus Stops      
Miles Away From Physicians      
Near Place of Worship      
Garbage Collection      
Traffic Warnings      
Kid Friendly      
Streets / Alleys Well-Maintained      
Amount of Traffic      
Parks      
Neighbors' Properties Well-Maintained      
All Utilities Available      
HOA Rules      
Close to Airports / Trains      
Area Zoned Residential      
Near Industry      
Proposed Special Assessments      
Environmental Concerns / Influences      
The Home
Age of House      
No. of Floors      
Wood Frame, Brick Frame or Siding      
Roof Quality      
Quality of Foundation      
General Exterior Appearance      
Two-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      
Quality of Plumbing Pipes      
Estimated Water Bill $ $ $
Estimated Heating Bill $ $ $
Estimated Electric Bill $ $ $
Living Spaces      
Fireplace      
Separate Dining Area      
Family Room      
Carpeting - No. of Rooms      
Kitchen Eating Area      
Refrigerator      
Stove / Oven (Gas / Electric)      
Garbage Disposal      
Dishwasher      
Broken / Drafty Windows      
Storm Windows / Screens      
Washer / Dryer Outlets      
Laundry Room      
Converted Basement      
Attic      
Sump Pump / Drainage      
Connected to Sewer System      
Patio / Deck      
Backyard Fence      
Curb Appeal      
Property Boundaries      
Safety (dead bolts, detectors)      
Building Code      
Compliance      
Ability to Expand / Enlarge House