Florida Home Buyer: Things to Look For

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All house hunters - whether new to the process or experienced homeowners - want to buy their ideal home. And, it's not hard to become overwhelmed with all the homes in the local market  that might fit your needs (list price, location, etc.).

To help you narrow your "likes" list from online to the list of properties you visit, take this checklist along when you go shopping for your home. Highlight the items that are most important to you. It'll help you put a home's features into perspective and use rational ways to measure the houses you've been looking at now. Keeping this list handy, you'll be able to compare and contrast the characteristics of up to three houses.

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Home Address      
Listing Price $ $ $
Real Estate Taxes $ $ $
The Community
Close to the Job      
Close to Schools      
Near Shops      
Expressways Nearby      
Near Public Transportation      
Near Hospitals      
Miles Away From Place of Worship      
Garbage Collection      
Traffic Signs      
Pedestrian Friendly      
Streets / Alleys Well-Maintained      
Heavy Traffic      
Playgrounds      
Neighbors' Properties Well-Maintained      
All Utilities Installed      
HOA Rules      
Close to Airports / Trains      
Area Zoned Residential      
Near Industry      
Proposed Special Assessments      
Green-Friendly Neighborhood      
The House
Year House Built      
No. of Floors      
Wood Frame, Brick Frame or Siding      
Quality of Roof      
Foundation Quality      
General Exterior Quality      
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 Space      
Finished Basement      
Attic      
Sump Pump / Drainage      
Connected to Sewer System      
Patio / Deck      
Backyard Fence      
Landscaping      
Property Boundaries      
Safety (dead bolts, detectors)      
Building Code      
Compliance      
Ability to Expand / Enlarge Home      

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