Polk County, Florida House Hunting: Things to Look For

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Most house hunters - whether they're first time buyers or experienced homeowners - want to buy their dream home. And, it's not hard to lose sight of your goals with all the homes in Lake Wales, Babson Park, Winter Haven, Davenport and surrounding areas that might fit your needs (neighborhood, architecture style, etc.).

To help you prioritize your "likes" list from online to the list of places you actually see, take this checklist along when you go house hunting. Highlight the items that are most valuable to you. It'll help you put a home's attributes into perspective and use sound ways to measure the houses you've been seeing. Keeping this list handy, you can compare and contrast the features of two or three homes.

Buying a home is a big step. We can give you home buying tips on choosing the place that's going to be your first home. Contact us and we can help you get on the right track to the home of your dreams.
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Home Address      
Asking Price $ $ $
Real Estate Taxes $ $ $
The Community
Miles Away From Work      
Close to Schools      
Minutes Away From Shopping      
Minutes Away From Highways      
Minutes Away From Public Transportation      
Miles Away From Hospitals      
Close to Place of Worship      
Garbage Collection      
Street Lights      
Bike Friendly      
Streets / Alleys Well-Maintained      
Amount of Traffic      
Parks      
Neighbors' Properties Well-Maintained      
All Utilities Installed      
Neighborhood Rules      
Miles Away From Airports / Trains      
Area Zoned Residential      
Near Industry      
Proposed Special Assessments      
Environmental Concerns / Influences      
The House
Age of House      
No. of Floors      
Wood Frame, Brick Frame or Siding      
Quality of Roof      
Foundation Appearance      
Overall Exterior Appearance      
Two-Car Garage      
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      
Security (dead bolts, detectors)      
Building Code      
Compliance      
Ability to Renovate / Enlarge Home      

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