Buying a home is often one of the biggest and most expensive decisions we will ever make. Everyone has their own particular wants and needs for their new home and we want to help you make your decisions as easy as possible. The list below covers a few things we should all consider when purchasing a new home.
Size - Is the home big enough for your family to grow into? Will you need to add on additional space? And if so, is the yard space big enough for a home addition? If you're looking forward to retirement or the children moving out soon, then you want to think about the opposite, will the home be too big for you to manage on your own? Do you need all the extra space? Always consider the future and how your life may change in the coming years when buying a home.
Decor - While it may be hard to see passed the floral drapes and colourful wallpaper, keep in mind that these are simple and quite affordable fixes. Try to envision your family and belongings in the space rather than the current decor. Do not get distracted by the seller's personal style and instead imagine each room styled to your taste.
Location & neighbourhood - Is the area safe? Is it walkable? Are there schools, shopping, amenities, etc. nearby? If there's a large highway or airport nearby there will be a lot of noise. Be sure to drive around the neighbourhood and ensure that this location works for you and your family's lifestyle.
Yard - Are you outdoorsy? If you want to have a garden, bbq area, or even a swimming pool, you want to ensure that the yard has the space for this. On the other hand, if you're not outdoorsy, maybe a small, easily manageable yard is better for you.
Community Plan - Review the community plan with your local government for this area. What are the plans for this area? You want to make sure the Community Plan is in line with your plan for your new home and lifestyle.