Chicago House Hunting Checklist

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Purchasing a home in Chicago, Illinois is no simple task. You want to make the best choice. Whether you're a first-time or seasoned buyer, this Home Buyers' Checklist classifies many of the impact elements to note when deciding on a house. Aside from price, you want to be 100% confident that the house and the neighborhood surpass the needs and desires of your family.

To help you narrow your "good enough" list from the computer to the list of houses you visit, 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 a home's features into perspective and use rational ways to measure the houses you've been seeing. Filling in this list, you'll easily judge the characteristics of up to three houses.

Buying a house is nothing to take lightly. We can give you home buying tips on choosing a place that you'll call home. Call us, Cook County's real estate experts, at (773) 938-2585 and we can help you make the decision that leads you to the house of your dreams.
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Cook County Address      
Listing Price $ $ $
Real Estate Taxes $ $ $
The Community
Close to Work      
Miles Away From Schools      
Close to Shops / Dining      
Miles Away From Highways      
Near Train Stations      
Close to Doctors / Dentists      
Close to Place of Worship      
Garbage Collection      
Traffic Signs      
Sidewalks      
Streets / Alleys Well-Maintained      
Amount of Traffic      
Walking / Biking Trails      
Neighbors' Properties Well-Maintained      
All Utilities Available      
Neighborhood Rules      
Minutes Away From Airports / Trains      
Area Zoned Residential      
Near Industry      
Proposed Special Assessments      
Green-Friendly Neighborhood      
The House
Age of House      
No. of Floors      
Wood Frame, Brick Frame or Siding      
Roof Condition      
Quality of Foundation      
General Exterior Appearance      
Two-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      
Plumbing Condition      
Estimated Water Bill $ $ $
Estimated Heating Bill $ $ $
Estimated Electric Bill $ $ $
Living Areas      
Fireplace      
Separate Dining Room      
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 Boundaries      
Security (dead bolts, detectors)      
Building Code      
Compliance      
Ability to Expand / Expand Home      

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