The busy Windsor property buying season will be here in the next several weeks. Buyers are now busy on the Internet, meeting with real estate agents and creating their wish list on what they desire in a home.
But many buyers contact us and really have no idea what type of house they are looking for. They are not sure if they want new construction or older, if they want three or four bedrooms or even where they want to live. If you are thinking of buying a home, then it’s important to start on the right foot.
There is so much to consider when buying a property, that it can often be overwhelming. One minute you see a home that you love, then the next minute your real estate agent is showing you a different home and you consider that as well. So let’s narrow down your list and make this easier.
The following is what you need to consider when buying a home:
This is the number one rule of real estate. And yes, location matters. A home that is not in perfect condition can be changed or updated, but you can’t change where a home sits. Consider your work commute, the school district (even if you don’t have children, it’s easier to sell a home with good schools than in an area with poor ones), nearby shopping and public transportation if that is important to you.
2. Where Your Home Is Situated:
Homes that are situated poorly are less desirable and more difficult to sell. Does your home sit up against a hill? Are neighbours able to look into your house from their property? How are the yards? Are they suitable for children and pets? Is the driveway on a hill? Are there lots of steps leading to the property?
3. The Neighbourhood:
I always insist that buyers look around the neighbourhood when buying a home. It’s also an excellent idea to check it out at various times. What may be a quiet place during the day, can be party central at night if you have neighbours that like to be loud. Talk to others that live on the block and ask them for their thoughts. Does everyone maintain their landscaping or is their trash and old cars parked everywhere. Is the neighbourhood family friendly? Do other children live nearby? Can bikes be used safely in the street?
4. Curb Appeal:
When buying a home, consider a style that is conducive to your lifestyle. For example, if you like contemporary, then an older Tudor or Victorian home may not be for you. If you want a home that requires little maintenance, then maybe you should opt for brick home, which is easier to maintain. If you don’t like to garden, then you may choose to ignore a large yard.
If you are downsizing, then don’t be persuaded by a larger home when you really want a smaller property. If you have a growing family, then the extra bedrooms may be something you require. Take into consideration that larger homes are more expensive, with higher utilities and higher taxes.
Buyers often fall in love with homes that are not practical for them. Look for homes that only have the number of bedrooms and bathrooms that you need.
The kitchen is the most important room of a house for most. Don’t settle for anything less than what you want if this room will be an active space for you and your family. Of course you can always remodel, but if you don’t have the budget for it right away, then this room becomes a source of frustration.
If you need a three-car garage or ample closet space, then you may want to think about new construction, as these homes tend to have lots of big closets and storage room. Older homes tend to have less space.
Buyers like homes that are light and sunny. If this is important to you, then make sure your real estate agent is aware of this. Look for homes that have big windows, plenty of electrical outlets and good quality lighting and fixtures.
9. The Little Things:
It’s often the little things that make a house a home. If you want a home that looks finished and inviting, then ask to see homes that have moldings, a fireplace and other characteristics.
Any agent likes to see a buyer that knows what they want, yet they also understand that sometimes compromise is inevitable. However, stick to your guns, particularly to location so that you can find the home that you have always wanted.