Columbus Metro, Ohio Home Buying: Things to Look For

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Buying a house in Franklin County is no simple task. You want to make an educated choice. Whether you're a first-time or experienced buyer, this Home Buyers' Checklist identifies some of the determining elements to consider when deciding on a house. Aside from the asking price, you want to ensure that the house plus the neighborhood surpass the needs and wants of your family.

To help you prioritize your "likes" 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 important to you. It'll help you put a home's features into perspective and use practical ways to measure the houses you've been looking at now. By thinking through this list, you'll easily judge the features of up to three homes. Click here to print this page.

Buying a home is an exciting step. We can give you advice about choosing a home that's right for you in Franklin County. Call us, Central Ohio's real estate experts, at (614) 519-3357 and we can help you get on the right track to the home of your dreams.

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Franklin County Address . . .
Listing Price $ $ $
Real Estate Taxes $ $ $
The Community
Close to the Job . . .
Close to Schools . . .
Close to Shopping . . .
Highways Nearby . . .
Near Bus Stops . . .
Close to Hospitals . . .
Miles Away From Churches . . .
Garbage Collection . . .
Traffic Signs . . .
Kid Friendly . . .
Streets / Alleys Well-Maintained . . .
Traffic Volume . . .
Parks . . .
Neighbors' Properties Well-Maintained . . .
All Utilities Installed . . .
HOA Restrictions . . .
Close to Airports / Trains . . .
Area Zoned Residential . . .
Near Industry . . .
Proposed Special Assessments . . .
Environmental Concerns / Influences . . .
The House
Year House Built . . .
No. of Floors . . .
Wood Frame, Brick Frame or Siding . . .
Quality of Roof . . .
Foundation Condition . . .
General Exterior Appearance . . .
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 . . .
Quality of Plumbing Pipes . . .
Estimated Water Bill $ $ $
Estimated Heating Bill $ $ $
Estimated Electric Bill $ $ $
Living Spaces . . .
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 Room . . .
Finished Basement . . .
Attic . . .
Sump Pump / Drainage . . .
Connected to SeIr System . . .
Patio / Deck . . .
Backyard Fence . . .
Curb Appeal . . .
Property Boundaries . . .
Safety (dead bolts, detectors) . . .
Building Code . . .
Compliance . . .
Ability to Expand / Enlarge House . . .

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