Step 4

Finding the right home for you

Most people already have a neighbourhood in mind. Based on your needs and wish list, your agent should be able to suggest options that you might not have considered. Here are some suggestions to keep in mind while house hunting:

Choosing the right neighbourhood: You need to inform your agent if you need to be close to local highways, a particular school area, public transit, walking distance to work etc. Your agent will then be able to give you property values and how they have changed over the past few years.

Finding the right home: Take your time and thoroughly look at each home. Take someone along with you as two pairs of eyes are better than one. Ask questions and with the properties you are interested in, it is suggested you write down what you liked about the home and what you didn’t. This will help if you are choosing between more than one home you find that fits your needs and wish list.

Open Houses: Keep a look out for structural and issues that would cost a lot to replace or fix. Check windows, doors, leaks, water damage, poor drainage, furnace etc. Curb appeal is great but cosmetic changes are not as costly as structural or major issues.