Chicago, Illinois House Hunting: Things to Look For

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It's a given that home buyers - whether new to the process or experienced homeowners - want to buy their perfect house. And, it's not hard to become overwhelmed with all the houses in Chicago, Illinois that might fit your needs (neighborhood, architecture style, etc.).

To help you streamline your "good enough" list from the computer to the list of houses you tour, take this checklist along when you go house hunting. Make note of the items that are most important to you. It'll help you put things into perspective and use real life ways to measure the houses you've been viewing. Keeping this list handy, you can compare the features of two or three houses. Click here to print this page.

Buying a home is a major decision. I can give you home buying tips on choosing a home that you'll love. Call Reflective Realty Inc, Chicago's real estate expert, at (773) 939-8536 and I can help you make the decision that leads you to the home of your dreams.
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Property Address      
Asking Price $ $ $
Real Estate Taxes $ $ $
The Community
Miles Away From Work      
Miles Away From Schools      
Miles Away From Shops      
Expressways Nearby      
Close to Bus Stops      
Minutes Away From Hospitals      
Minutes Away From Place of Worship      
Garbage Collection      
Traffic Signs      
Sidewalks      
Streets / Alleys Well-Maintained      
Amount of Traffic      
Playgrounds      
Neighbors' Properties Well-Maintained      
Major Appliances Installed      
HOA Rules      
Minutes Away From Airports / Trains      
Area Zoned Residential      
Near Industry      
Proposed Special Assessments      
Environmental Concerns / Influences      
The House
Age of Home      
No. of Floors      
Wood Frame, Brick Frame or Siding      
Quality of Roof      
Foundation Quality      
General Exterior Appearance      
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 Spaces      
Fireplace      
Separate Dining Space      
Family Room      
Carpeting - No. of Rooms      
Eat-In Kitchen      
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 Line      
Security (dead bolts, detectors)      
Building Code      
Compliance      
Ability to Expand / Expand House