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

It's a given that home buyers - whether they're first time buyers or experienced homeowners - want to buy their ideal home. And, it's not hard to become overwhelmed with all the homes in Santa Fe, New Mexico that look like possibilities (neighborhood, architecture style, etc.).

To help you narrow down your "likes" list from the computer to the list of properties 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 strong and weak points into perspective and use rational ways to measure the homes you're evaluating. Keeping this list handy, you'll be able to compare the characteristics of two or three homes. Click here to print this page.

Buying a house is an exciting step. I can offer advice and show you a home that's right for you in Santa Fe. Call Leyba Real Estate LLC, Santa Fe's real estate expert, at 505-473-0223 and I can help you make the decision that leads you to the home of your dreams.
Home Buyer Checklist 1 2 3
Property Address      
Listing Price $ $ $
Real Estate Taxes $ $ $
The Neighborhood
Minutes Away From the Job      
Minutes Away From Schools      
Miles Away From Shops      
Near Highways      
Near Train Stations      
Miles Away From Hospitals      
Close to Churches      
Garbage Collection      
Traffic Warnings      
Pedestrian Friendly      
Streets / Alleys Well-Maintained      
Traffic Volume      
Walking / Biking Trails      
Neighbors' Properties Well-Maintained      
All Utilities Available      
Neighborhood Rules      
Close to Airports / Trains      
Area Zoned Residential      
Near Industry      
Proposed Special Assessments      
Green-Friendly Neighborhood      
The Home
Year House Built      
No. of Floors      
Wood Frame, Brick Frame or Siding      
Quality of Roof      
Quality of Foundation      
General Exterior Quality      
Garage Size      
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 Areas      
Fireplace      
Separate Dining Space      
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 Area      
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 / Expand Home