It goes without saying that a home is the biggest investment that you will ever make. It will, therefore, be well worth your time to consider what you want in a home and develop a system to evaluate the properties you visit. A home buyers' check list is a good way to stream line your evaluation process. As you visit a property you can go over your check list and score each of the features that are most important to you. Later on, after visiting several properties, you can look over your home buyers' check lists to see which homes scored the highest. The home buyers' checklist can be a great way to organize your notes during the home searching process.

You should start out by considering what features are most important to you. For example, if you have children or are planning to have children, then number of bedrooms, neighborhood, and schools may all be important to you in your home search. If you are single, then you may be more interested in local atmosphere, restaurants and entertainment venues and proximity to your job. Because a house is such a big investment, it's a good idea to think big picture and long term.

There are also features that, in the excitement of finding a home that suits you, may be overlooked. This includes things like the age and condition of the roof and the furnace. Is the basement damp? How sound do the electrical outlets appear? What about the plumbing? Emotions can run high when considering what your life will look like in a particular home or how you might change layout or décor. Having a check list will help to remind you to look at the practical items that can be as important as your wish list when searching for a new home.

Where does one find a home buyer's checklist? You can easily create your own check list using spread sheet software. It is a good idea however to create your list several days or even a couple of weeks in advance so that you can adjust your check list as ideas come to you.

If you would rather have a ready-made check list, a quick web search can help. HUD has a thorough checklist. Other websites such as can offer lots of great advice about what to look for and what to avoid when choosing a home.

Your home will be the base from which you operate, a place of solace and comfort where you can get away from the world and the place you invite friends. It is also a large investment that you are not likely to make every year or two. Take the time now to organize yourself so that you can make as thoughtful and informed a decision as possible. You will be glad you did.