What should I look for when walking through a home?

In addition to comparing the home to your minimum requirements and wish lists, use the HUD Home Scorecard and consider the following:

  • Is there enough room for both the present and the future?
  • Are there enough bedrooms and bathrooms?
  • Is the house structurally sound?
  • Do the mechanical systems and appliances work? ï Is the yard big enough?
  • Do you like the floor plan?
  • Will your furniture fit in the space?
  • Is there enough storage space? (Bring a tape measure to better answer these questions)
  • Does anything need to be repaired or replaced?
  • Will the seller repair or replace the items?
  • Imagine the house in good weather and bad, and in each season.
  • Will you be happy with it year-round?

Take your time and think carefully about each house you see. Ask your real estate agent to point out the pros and cons of each home from a professional standpoint.