Austin House Hunting: Things to Look For

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All house hunters - whether they're first time buyers or experienced homeowners - want to buy their dream home. And, it's common to get lost in the choices with all the houses in Oklahoma County that might fit your needs (price, no. of bedrooms, etc.).

So, to help you narrow down your "likes" list from online to the list of houses you tour, take this checklist along when you go shopping for your house. Make note of the items that are most valuable to you. It'll help you put things in line and use practical ways to measure the houses you've been seeing. With this list, you can judge the attributes of two or three homes.

Buying a house is nothing to take lightly. I can help you choose a home that you'll love. Call Elaine Byrne Realty, Austin's real estate expert, at (512) 422-8088 and I can help you make the decision that leads you to the home of your dreams.
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Home Address      
Asking Price $ $ $
Real Estate Taxes $ $ $
The Community
Minutes Away From the Job      
Near Schools      
Minutes Away From Shops / Restaurants      
Minutes Away From Interstates      
Close to Bus Stops      
Miles Away From Hospitals      
Near Place of Worship      
Garbage Collection      
Street Lights      
Sidewalks      
Streets / Alleys Well-Maintained      
Type of Traffic      
Parks      
Neighbors' Properties Well-Maintained      
Major Appliances Installed      
Neighborhood Restrictions      
Minutes Away From 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      
Roof Appearance      
Quality of Foundation      
Overall 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      
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 Room      
Finished Basement      
Attic      
Sump Pump / Drainage      
Connected to Sewer System      
Patio / Deck      
Backyard Fence      
Landscaping      
Property Boundaries      
Safety (dead bolts, detectors)      
Building Code      
Compliance      
Ability to Expand / Enlarge House