Buying a House in Austin Checklist

I have been meaning to jot down all the things I wish I knew before I bought my house, with the hope of helping someone out.  I will add to it as time goes, but here is the raw list:

  • Sunrise/Sunset (What direction does the sun sent and rise)
  • Crime
  • Schools
  • Ground (Clay, rock, etc.)
  • Flood plains?
  • Property Tax
  • Road Width
  • Distance Between Houses
  • Noise
  • Neighbors
  • Internet
  • Daytime vs Nightime vs Weekend (Visit at all times)
  • Through Traffic
  • Traffic
  • Commute
  • Cable vs Fiber VS ADSL
  • Year Round Weather
  • Options
  • Last House vs Not last house??
  • HOA’s Rules vs No HOA and benefits of HOA (Gym, park, pool, etc.)
  • Future Resale Potential
  • Jobs
  • Shopping (Supermarkets, gas stations, etc.)
  • Pollen or No Pollen Allergies
  • PPI- Pre Purchase Inspection
  • Hire private inspector before signing when pointing out things that need to be fixed
  • Per-Approved for mortgage (If international money is involved make sure it’s “clean”)
  • House age
  • Hard water vs Soft water

I will add more information about each of these points eventually.

Thanks,

ET