Santa Fe Home Buying: Things to Look For

The biggest investment you'll make in Santa Fe, New Mexico is your home. With that decision comes a lot of detailed decision-making when it comes to picking a house to live in. Using the Home Buyer's Checklist provided helps you understand all of the characteristics of many houses and helps you get down to what you value in a place to live.

To help you streamline your "good enough" list from the computer to the list of houses you visit, take this checklist along when you go shopping for your home. Make note of the items that are most important to you. It'll help you put things into perspective and use rational ways to measure the homes you're picking out. Keeping this list handy, you can compare the characteristics of up to three houses. Click here to print this page.

Buying a house is a big deal. I can offer advice and show you a home that you'll love. 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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Home Address      
Asking Price $ $ $
Real Estate Taxes $ $ $
The Community
Near the Job      
Close to Schools      
Close to Shops / Dining      
Expressways Nearby      
Miles Away From Public Transportation      
Miles Away From Hospitals      
Close to Place of Worship      
Garbage Collection      
Traffic Signs      
Bike Friendly      
Streets / Alleys Well-Maintained      
Traffic Volume      
Playgrounds      
Neighbors' Properties Well-Maintained      
All Utilities Available      
Neighborhood Restrictions      
Near Airports / Trains      
Area Zoned Residential      
Near Industry      
Proposed Special Assessments      
Green-Friendly Neighborhood      
The House
Year Home Built      
No. of Floors      
Wood Frame, Brick Frame or Siding      
Quality of Roof      
Quality of Foundation      
General Exterior Quality      
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      
Plumbing Quality      
Estimated Water Bill $ $ $
Estimated Heating Bill $ $ $
Estimated Electric Bill $ $ $
Living Areas      
Fireplace      
Separate Dining Area      
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 Space      
Converted Basement      
Attic      
Sump Pump / Drainage      
Connected to Sewer System      
Patio / Deck      
Backyard Fence      
Curb Appeal      
Property Boundaries      
Security (dead bolts, detectors)      
Building Code      
Compliance      
Ability to Renovate / Expand Home