House Hunting Checklist
House Hunting Checklist: Prioritize Your Wants and Needs
The home features you want aren’t always the same as the ones you need. Use this
checklist to help separate needs from wants. Consider how you’ll live in the house today
and in years to come as you accommodate growing children or elderly parents. Square
footage is key. First establish the minimum square feet of heated living area you must
have. Don’t count the garage. Next determine the minimum size lot you need. Average
size lots are about one quarter of an acre. One acre equals 43,560 sq.ft.
Minimum Square Footage: _____________ sq.ft.
Minimum Size Lot: ______________ sq.ft. or _______ acre(s)
N: Need
W: Want
DW: Don’t want
N
W
DW
TYPE
Single-Family Home
Townhome
Condominium
New Construction
Existing – Maximum Age:
N
W
DW
LOCATION
Downtown
Suburbs
Rural
Zoned Agricultural
NEAR
Job
Schools
Parks
Public Transportation
Airport
Expressway
Hospital
Regional Mall
Beach
N
W
DW
CONDITION
Well Kept
Fixer-Upper
Needs Minor Work TLC
N
W
DW
STYLE
Transitional
Contemporary
Ranch
Two-story
One-story
Colonial
Traditional
Victorian - Historic
End Unit Townhome or Condominium
N
W
DW
EXTERIOR
All Brick
Brick Front
Vinyl Siding
Stucco - EIFS
Wood Siding
James Hardie Siding - Hardiplank
N
W
DW
SYSTEMS
Natural Gas, Heat Pump, Oil
(circle preferred system)
Central Air Conditioning
2 Zone Heating & Cooling
Security System
Internet/Cable Ready
In-Ground Sprinkler
Central Vacuum
N
W
DW
FLOOR PLAN
Crawl Space
Solid Foundation (Slab)
Basement
Attic
Foyer
Formal Living Room
Great Room
Family Room
Formal Dining Room
Office
Recreation Room
Mud Room/Laundry Room
Music Room
Home Theatre Room
N
W DW
BATHROOMS
Minimum Number:
First Floor Full Bath
Separate Shower
Jetted Tub
Double Sinks
Ceramic Tiled
N
W DW
BEDROOMS
Minimum Number:
Master Bedroom With Bath
Walk-In Closet
Sitting Area
First-Floor Master Suite
In-Law Suite
First Floor Bedroom For
Children/Elderly Relatives
N
W
DW
KITCHEN
Countertop Materials:
Cabinet Color:
Gas Range
Breakfast Area
Breakfast Bar
Desk Area
Pantry
Center Island
Ceramic Tiled Floor
Hardwood Floor
N W
DW
GARAGE/PARKING
Minimum Number of Cars:
End Loading
Detached Workshop
Paved Driveway
Reserved or Deeded Space (for condos)
N
W DW
SPECIAL FEATURES
INTERIOR
Fireplace Gas
Fireplace Wood Burning
Vaulted Ceilings
9 Foot First Floor Ceilings
Wood Floors
Built-In Bookcases
Big closets
Extra storage space
First/second-floor laundry
EXTERIOR
Wooded View
Golf Course View
Water View
Marsh View
In-Ground Pool
Fenced Yard
Screened Porch
Patio/Deck
Sun Room
Pier
Boat Lift
Mature Trees
Mature Shrubs
Well & Pump
Shed
COMMUNITY/NEIGHBORHOOD
Homeowner’s Association
Swimming Pool
Tennis Courts
Basketball Courts
Golf Course
Clubhouse
Playgrounds
Parks
Equestrian - Stables and Pastures
Sidewalks
Fitness Center
Marina – Boat Slips
Over 55 Community
LOT
Golf Course
Waterfront
Deep Waterfront
Beach or Bayfront
Riverfront
Horses Allowed
Culdesac
Corner
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