Destin House Hunting: Things to Look For

Most house hunters - whether new to the process or experienced homeowners - want to buy their dream home. And, it's not hard to get lost in the choices with all the homes in Destin, Florida that might fit your needs (list price, location, etc.).

So, to help you streamline your "contender" list from online to the list of places you visit, take this checklist along when you go house hunting. Highlight the items that are most important to you. It'll help you put things in line and use practical ways to measure the houses you're evaluating. Keeping this list handy, you can compare the features of up to three houses. Click here to print this page.

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Property Address      
Asking Price $ $ $
Real Estate Taxes $ $ $
The Area
Miles Away From Work      
Close to Schools      
Near Shops      
Interstates Nearby      
Miles Away From Bus Stops      
Near Physicians      
Miles Away From Place of Worship      
Garbage Collection      
Street Lights      
Pedestrian Friendly      
Streets / Alleys Well-Maintained      
Heavy Traffic      
Parks      
Neighbors' Properties Well-Maintained      
All Utilities Installed      
HOA Restrictions      
Near Airports / Trains      
Area Zoned Residential      
Near Industry      
Proposed Special Assessments      
Environmental Concerns / Influences      
The Home
Year House Built      
No. of Stories      
Wood Frame, Brick Frame or Siding      
Roof Condition      
Foundation Appearance      
Overall Exterior Appearance      
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      
Kitchen Eating Area      
Refrigerator      
Stove / Oven (Gas / Electric)      
Garbage Disposal      
Dishwasher      
Broken / Drafty Windows      
Storm Windows / Screens      
Washer / Dryer Outlets      
Laundry Room      
Finished Basement      
Attic      
Sump Pump / Drainage      
Connected to Sewer System      
Patio / Deck      
Backyard Fence      
Curb Appeal      
Property Line      
Safety (dead bolts, detectors)      
Building Code      
Compliance      
Ability to Renovate / Enlarge House      

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