Massachusetts House Hunting: Things to Look For

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The most important investment you'll make in Massachusetts is a home. With that option comes a lot of careful decision-making when it comes to picking a place to live. Using the Home Buyer's Checklist provided helps you weigh all of the characteristics of several houses and helps you identify what you care about as a home buyer.

So, to help you prioritize your "likes" list from the computer to the list of properties you tour, take this Home Buyer Checklist along when you go house hunting. Put an emphasis on the items that are most valuable to you. It'll help you put things into perspective and use rational ways to measure the homes you've been touring. Keeping this list handy, you'll easily compare and contrast the characteristics of two or three homes. 

Buying a house is a new experience, but not an easy decision. I can give you advice about choosing the place that's your best fit. Use Kelley & Rege Properties and I can help you make the decision that leads you to the house of your dreams.
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Property Address      
Asking Price $ $ $
Real Estate Taxes $ $ $
The Area
Near Work      
Minutes Away From Schools      
Miles Away From Shopping      
Expressways Nearby      
Minutes Away From Public Transportation      
Close to Hospitals      
Near Place of Worship      
Garbage Collection      
Traffic Warnings      
Kid Friendly      
Streets / Alleys Well-Maintained      
Traffic Volume      
Parks      
Neighbors' Properties Well-Maintained      
All Utilities Available      
Neighborhood Restrictions      
Close to Airports / Trains      
Area Zoned Residential      
Near Industry      
Proposed Special Assessments      
Environmental Concerns / Influences      
The House
Year Home Built      
No. of Floors      
Wood Frame, Brick Frame or Siding      
Quality of Roof      
Quality of Foundation      
General Exterior Quality      
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 Areas      
Fireplace      
Separate Dining Area      
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 Space      
Converted Basement      
Attic      
Sump Pump / Drainage      
Connected to Sewer System      
Patio / Deck      
Backyard Fence      
Landscaping      
Property Line      
Safety (dead bolts, detectors)      
Building Code      
Compliance      
Ability to Renovate / Expand House