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House Hunting Template

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This template is intended for use when you are visiting houses you are considering to buy, presumably after shortlisting a number of houses from real estate listings on the internet, in newspapers or from real estate agents.
My wife and I have moved 10 times and have used it to evaluate houses in Boston, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Honolulu, and Cleveland, and apartments in Singapore, Sydney and Cincinnati, among others. We have refined it along the way and it has proven to work well. In order to easily compare houses after your visits it has been limited to a single page per house.
I built it on an MS Excel spreadsheet so you customize it yourself or input and printout the data after your visits.

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House Hunting Template

  1. 1. AddressList Price Sq Ft Attic Electric: CirBkr or Fuses 220v Y/NYr Built # Stories Hot Water Heater Gallons AgeExternal Wood/Brk/AlumSid Attractiveness/Condition Laundry Space/Sz/Loc ExtrasCath ceiling/Rm Ceiling Fans/RmBedrooms/# Storage Master Fireplaces/Rm Sz/Ceiling Light? Basement Y/N Other: Cath Ceiling? Fin/UnFin Walk-in Closet? Sump Pump? BR2 Sz/CL/WIC Patio/Deck/FLR/SIP BR3 Sz/CL/WIC Fence Y/N Type BR4 Sz/CL/WIC LandscapingBathrooms # Bath1 F/H Cond Bath3 F/H Cond Appliances Y/N & Color Condition Bath2 F/H Cond Bath4 F/H Cond Range/G/E/RadiantKitchen Sz/Color Cooktop/G/E/Rad Cabinets/Storage Vent or Hood Counter Space Refrigerator Layout +/- MicrowaveLiving Rm Sz/CL Garbage DisposalDining Rm Sz/CL Dish WasherFamily Rm Sz/CL Garage 1/2 /3/extrasOther Rms Sz/CL Lot Sq Ft View/Location Flood Zone?Flooring Carpet/Wood/Tile/Vyl Condition Heating Central AC Y/N Oil/Gas/Elec/Baseboard # UnitsOverall +s Overall -s
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  3. 3. House Hunting TemplateThis template is intended for use when you are visiting houses you are considering to buy, presumably after shortlisting a number ofhouses from real estate listings on the internet, in newspapers or from real estate agents.My wife and I have moved 10 times and have used it to evaluate houses in Boston, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Honolulu, and Cleveland,and apartments in Singapore, Sydney and Cincinnati, among others. We have refined it along the way and it has proven to workwell. In order to easily compare houses after your visits it has been limited to a single page per house.I built it on an MS Excel spreadsheet so you customize it yourself or input and printout the data after your visits.For example, in Singapore we found that 90% of the nicer high rise apartments had kitchens that were exposed to outside weatherand not air conditioned, which was a big deal since I love to cook and we didn’t want a live-in maid. In Hawaii we learned thattermites are a very big deal. Some houses used aluminum 2x4s or special preventive treatment systems, and wood siding or stuccotouching the ground was a big no-no.For upper-end houses you may need more bedrooms & bathrooms, or pre-wired A/V for speakers or home theaters, or wet bars, orkitchens with large islands, walk-in pantries and built-in TVs, or perhaps a boat dock, swimming pool, hot tub, built-in grill, or centralvac.For moderate, less expensive or rural homes you may have gravel, rather than paved driveways, an above ground pool, oroutbuildings and barns. Or perhaps a security system should be included or a septic system or well rather than city water and sewer.I didn’t include most of the things that would be included in a home inspection, such as the quality of the roof or foundation, or theseptic system, that would be evaluated later, after you have found the house you like.Good luck with your house hunting!Mike McGaugheymjmgwiz@gmail.com

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