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Buyer Checklist

The ultimate Silicon Valley home buying checklist

Before we meet for the buyer consultation, it’s helpful for you to begin considering many variables about the home you’ll purchase. Narrowing down your home choice will go beyond beds, bathroom and price to include quality of life factors that may not match a real estate site’s search criteria. By considering these factors, and ranking them in order of importance, the process of finding the right home will be much easier.

Review this checklist so we can discuss it at our buyer consultation, or download the checklist and fill it out personally. (Be sure to circle any “dealbreakers” so we can talk them through in full!)

Fill in the basics

____  Beds

____  Bathrooms

____  Minimum price

____  Maximum price

____  Square footage

____  Year/era built

____  # of garage spaces

____  # of levels

Home type

❏ Single-family home

❏ Condo

❏ Townhome

Exterior attributes

❏ Landscaped yards

Exterior lighting system

❏ In-ground pool

Flat lawn area for kids to play

❏ Privacy from next-door neighbors

❏ Corner lot

❏ Cul de sac // Dead end

❏ Wheelchair accessibility

❏ Long driveway

❏ Attached finished garage

Interior features

❏ Master suite

❏ Great natural light

❏ Double pane windows

❏ Hardwood floors

Open floor plan (adjoining kitchen and living space)

❏ Guest bathroom

❏ Office space or den

❏ Desired architectural details, like _________________

❏ High ceilings

❏ Adequate storage

Systems and appliances

❏ Modern heating and cooling systems

❏ Radiant heating

❏ Gas stove

❏ Security system

❏ “Green” home technology (such as energy efficient appliances, low flow toilets)

❏ Solar panels

❏ Instant hot water heater

❏ Water filtration systems

The logistics

Within the ________________________ school district boundaries

____  commute time to (Address of job, school, daycare)  _______________________________________

____  commute time to (Address of job, school, daycare)  _______________________________________

____  minutes to Caltrain

____  minutes to freeway

____  minutes to gym or fitness studio

Neighborhood perks

❏ Near local parks or playgrounds

❏ Coffee shops or restaurants in walking distance

❏ Grocery store (Trader Joe's or Whole Foods) within short drive

What else should we know?

Is there something you MUST have in your future home? Describe what you’re looking for, and we’ll incorporate it into the search.


Download your copy below.

pdf The Ultimate Silicon Valley Home Buying Checklist