Santa Barbara, California House Hunting: Things to Look For

Find the best home for you in Santa Barbara with Goodwin & Thyne Properties as your real estate agent - 805-899-1100

Most house hunters - whether they're first time buyers or experienced - want to buy their dream house. And, it's not hard to become overwhelmed with all the houses in Santa Barbara that might fit your needs (neighborhood, architecture style, etc.).

So, to help you narrow down your "possibilities" list from online to the list of houses you tour, take this checklist along when you go shopping for your home. Put an emphasis on the items that are most important to you. It'll help you put a home's strong and weak points into perspective and use sound ways to measure the houses you've been seeing. Keeping this list handy, you can judge the attributes of two or three houses. Click here to print this page.

Buying a home is a major decision. We can help you choose a home that's right for you in Santa Barbara County. Call us, Santa Barbara's real estate experts, at 805-899-1100 and we can help you make your way to the home of your dreams.
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Property Address      
Asking Price $ $ $
Real Estate Taxes $ $ $
The Area
Miles Away From the Job      
Near Schools      
Miles Away From Shops      
Minutes Away From Expressways      
Near Bus Stops      
Close to Hospitals      
Close to Place of Worship      
Garbage Collection      
Street Lights      
Bike Friendly      
Streets / Alleys Well-Maintained      
Traffic Volume      
Parks      
Neighbors' Properties Well-Maintained      
Major Appliances Installed      
Neighborhood Restrictions      
Close to Airports / Trains      
Area Zoned Residential      
Near Industry      
Proposed Special Assessments      
Green-Friendly Neighborhood      
The House
Year House Built      
No. of Stories      
Wood Frame, Brick Frame or Siding      
Roof Appearance      
Quality of Foundation      
General Exterior Condition      
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 Room      
Fireplace      
Separate Dining Area      
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      
Converted Basement      
Attic      
Sump Pump / Drainage      
Connected to Sewer System      
Patio / Deck      
Backyard Fence      
Curb Appeal      
Property Boundaries      
Security (dead bolts, detectors)      
Building Code      
Compliance      
Ability to Expand / Enlarge House