Santa Fe, New Mexico House Hunting: Things to Look For

The most important source of capital you'll have in Santa Fe, New Mexico is a property. With that decision comes a lot of detailed decision-making when it comes to deciding on a house to live in. Using the Home Buyer's Checklist here will help you see side-by-side all of the features of many houses and helps you see what really matters to you as a homeowner.

So, to help you narrow down your "possibilities" list from the computer to the list of properties you visit, take this checklist along when you go house hunting. Put an emphasis on the items that are most valuable to you. It'll help you put a home's characteristics into perspective and use realistic ways to measure the homes you're evaluating. By thinking through this list, you can see side-by-side the features of two or three houses. Click here to print this page.

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Property Address      
Asking Price $ $ $
Real Estate Taxes $ $ $
The Area
Minutes Away From the Job      
Miles Away From Schools      
Near Shops / Restaurants      
Interstates Nearby      
Miles Away From Train Stations      
Miles Away From Doctors / Dentists      
Near Place of Worship      
Garbage Collection      
Traffic Signs      
Kid Friendly      
Streets / Alleys Well-Maintained      
Type of Traffic      
Parks      
Neighbors' Properties Well-Maintained      
Major Appliances Available      
HOA Restrictions      
Near Airports / Trains      
Area Zoned Residential      
Near Industry      
Proposed Special Assessments      
Environmental Concerns / Influences      
The Home
Year House Built      
No. of Floors      
Wood Frame, Brick Frame or Siding      
Roof Quality      
Quality of Foundation      
General Exterior Condition      
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 Condition      
Estimated Water Bill $ $ $
Estimated Heating Bill $ $ $
Estimated Electric Bill $ $ $
Living Room      
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 Room      
Renovated Basement      
Attic      
Sump Pump / Drainage      
Connected to Sewer System      
Patio / Deck      
Backyard Fence      
Landscaping      
Property Boundaries      
Security (dead bolts, detectors)      
Building Code      
Compliance      
Ability to Expand / Expand House