Portland, Oregon Home Comparison: Things to Look For

The most important source of capital you'll have in Portland, Oregon is a home. With that option comes a lot of careful decision-making when it comes to choosing a house to live in. Using the Home Buyer's Checklist below will help you compare all of the characteristics of several homes and helps you get down to what you care about as a home buyer.

To help you streamline your "possibilities" list from online to the list of properties you tour, take this Home Buyer Checklist along when you go shopping for your house. Highlight the items that are most valuable to you. It'll help you put a home's features into perspective and use sensible ways to measure the houses you've been evaluating. Keeping this list handy, you'll easily judge the characteristics of up to three homes. Click here to print this page.

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Property Address      
Listing Price $ $ $
Real Estate Taxes $ $ $
The Area
Minutes Away From the Job      
Close to Schools      
Close to Shopping      
Minutes Away From Interstates      
Close to Bus Stops      
Miles Away From Physicians      
Miles Away From Churches      
Garbage Collection      
Traffic Warnings      
Kid Friendly      
Streets / Alleys Well-Maintained      
Amount of Traffic      
Parks      
Neighbors' Properties Well-Maintained      
Major Appliances Installed      
Neighborhood Rules      
Miles Away From Airports / Trains      
Area Zoned Residential      
Near Industry      
Proposed Special Assessments      
Environmental Concerns / Influences      
The House
Age of House      
No. of Stories      
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      
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      
Safety (dead bolts, detectors)      
Building Code      
Compliance      
Ability to Expand / Expand Home