The real estate market is picking up again as the sun starts to warm up our neighbourhoods. It’s a great time to put your walking shoes on and check out the open houses in your search for that new dream home.
While it’s easy to be blown away by the view or the beautiful furnishings, keep in mind that you’re looking for a place to call YOURS. Does your furniture fit in with the home? Are there renovations you could do to make it more liveable for your needs?
While you’re out looking at listings, consider some of these areas in your search for a home.
New vs. Old: Do you want a newer home that’s move in ready or would you rather buy an older home that you can renovate to your heart’s content? There are pros and cons to either option. Newer homes may have more of an open concept, but could have less square footage. Older homes may need some updating, but you usually have more options in existing neighbourhoods.
First Impressions: Is the lawn mowed and the hedges pruned? Is the exterior of the home well maintained? Studies have shown that curb appeal is one of the number one renovations that homeowners should be considering when updating their homes. Curb appeal gives you an expectation of what to expect inside the home so if the curb appeal turns you off, what are the chances that the interior will wow you?
Scratching the Surface: The home may look amazing with a new coat of paint and maybe some staged furniture. It gives you a good sense of how you could use the space. Now look a little deeper. Does the plumbing work properly? Try turning on the faucets and flushing the toilet to make sure the water pressure and drainage is working properly. Check the windows and doors for air leaks. Do the floors have springy sections or excessive squeaking? These are all things that could indicate fixes that need to be done to the home.
Will Your Furniture Fit? There are many stories about people who have to give away their beloved couch or bed because they just couldn’t fit it through the door or up the winding staircase. Measuring your furniture beforehand and making sure it will fit in your new dream home will save you a lot of headache on moving day.
Get a Home Inspection: Professional home inspections can help you spot problems that the average person may never find. A home inspector can give you advice on how much fixes will cost and may give you information that will affect your decision to proceed with an offer.
Come by one of our open houses and see if we can help you find a dream home. Happy House Hunting!