Once you're ready to start looking for a home, think carefully about what’s most important to you, both in terms of location and in terms of the house itself. Don’t focus too much on cosmetic concerns that can be changed, like wall colors, shag carpet or the current owner’s extensive cuckoo clock collection.
What to consider about location:
  • Neighborhood
  • Distance to work
  • Schools
  • Shopping

What to consider about the house itself:

  • Sales price
  • Size and space (Are there enough bedrooms? What about closets?)
  • Condition of electrical, plumbing and heating systems

Take along a list like our home comparison chart while house hunting. It will help you evaluate the neighborhoods, features and condition of up to 3 homes in a side-by-side comparison. It’s not uncommon to tour multiple houses in a single day, so without a list, you might find it difficult to remember specific details about each home.

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