The questions to ask when scoping out new homes
If you are hunting for your dream home or a house to get your family started or a house to down size to; whatever the reason it’s now time to assess your overall needs. This list will be different from the things you “want” in a home, for example you may “need” three bedrooms but also “want” central air. Your needs should trump your wants.
Since you’re in the planning stages it’s a smart idea to write out a wish list for things to look for when viewing homes. You may not be able to find a home with every item on your list but it’s sure worth getting as close as possible.
Items to think about when purchasing a home;
- Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
- Are (more) children a possibility?
- Do you have a stable job? Possibility of relocation?
- Will you retire in this house? If so, is it senior friendly?
Size of your new home
- How many rooms do you need? Will it accommodate new children? Office space?
- How many bathrooms?
- Do you want a bungalow? Two-story house?
- Do you need a garage? Other storage space?
The “want” list
- Do we want a fireplace?
- Does it have air conditioning?
- Can you afford a house with a swimming pool?
- How many spare bedrooms?
- Carpet or hardwood flooring?
Location, location, location
Finding the right house is hard enough but it also needs to be in the right spot. Choosing a location to settle down shouldn’t be decided over night. There are factors to consider to see if a certain neighbourhood fits your lifestyle needs.
- What distance do I want to be from the city? Tip: Consider your job and commitments that bring you and/or your family into the city.
- Are there good schools around? Tip: Research online and ask your real estate agent.
- What kind of stores, parks and facilities are in the surrounding area? Tip: Take a drive and walk around and get a sense for what is available in the community.
- Does it feel like a safe environment? Tip: Visit the neighbourhood at night as well as in the day.
Type of home
Your budget will likely dictate what kind of house you can afford but have in mind the type of home you want to purchase. A pre-approval will help with this and this is something we can do for you.
These are some of the types of homes you may look into buying;
- Previously owned
- Brand new (build it yourself)
- Stand alone
- Row houses
As you can see, there is a lot to consider when purchasing a home; from sizing to whether or not you want carpet or hardwood flooring. Buying a home is major decision and you want to make the right one for your family; therefore, it’s best not to rush the process.
Stay tuned for our next entry on who to talk to when buying your home.