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Plan Your Garden in the Winter During a Snowstorm
Posted on Sun, 15 Jan 2017, 10:00:00 AM  in Marketing strategies
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If you are stuck inside your home during a snowstorm in Canada, then it is a good time to plan your summer garden. Growing your own fruits, vegetables or herbs is easy, and you will save a lot of money when shopping for groceries at the local supermarket. If your property has a backyard, then it is the perfect place to have a garden, but you can also use a home’s balcony or deck to grow numerous plants. You don’t need to grow all of your plants in one area because adding flower beds to the pathways around your home is a great way to increase a property’s curbside appeal.

 Plan Your Garden in the Winter During a Snowstorm

Read Gardening Books and Join a Gardening Club

First, make a map of your home’s lawns and pathways to determine where you can plant flower, herb or vegetable seedlings. Next, borrow books from your local public library to learn more about how to choose the correct plants for your geographic zone. Find a gardening club in your city where there are experienced gardeners who can help you select the correct seeds and seedlings for your area. Call a few gardening stores to determine if it is possible to have your lawn’s soil tested to understand what types of fertilizers to add.

 

Buy Your Gardening Supplies As Early As Possible

During the winter, many stores will begin to offer an assortment of gardening supplies such as tools, flowerpots and fertilizers. If you want to grow your own seedlings, then it is good idea to begin buying packages of seeds, potting soil and small containers. It can take several weeks for seeds to grow to the correct size for transferring to your home’s outdoor garden. You can begin to fill the containers with potting soil long before planting the seeds, and you can have your container’s labeled in order to keep track of its planting date.

 

Choose From an Assortment of Gardening Plants

When you can’t find the seeds or seedlings that you want in a nearby gardening store, it is possible to order the items from an online retailer. Some of the plants that you can have in your Canadian garden include:

  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Bell peppers
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Broccoli
  • Strawberries
  • Basil
  • Chives

 

Plan How to Prepare Your Garden for Planting in the Spring

Before planting any seedlings in your garden, you must prepare the soil by digging it to remove the lumps and weeds. You can perform this job with tools such as shovels or trowels, but it is also possible to use machinery for this job. When you don’t want to invest a lot of money on gardening machines, hire someone to prepare your garden’s soil. The person who performs this job can also mix in the right types of fertilizer to enrich the garden’s soil so that you will have a bigger crop of produce.

 

Have a Daily Schedule to Care for Your Canadian Garden

Avoid planting your seedlings too early in the spring because Canada often has late winter weather that will damage the vegetable, herb and fruit plants. You can plant your seedlings in long rows with a pathway between different varieties, or you can use a square foot gardening method. After planting the seedlings, you must monitor your garden on a daily basis to pull weeds, water the plants or eradicate damaging pests. If you have problems with particular pests, then you can apply organic or man-made pesticides that will control flies, beetles and grasshoppers.


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Questions To Ask Your Real Estate REALTOR®
Posted on Sat, 31 Dec 2016, 10:55:00 AM  in Home selling tips
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So you have decided to sell your home in Canada to the next wonderful couple that would like to enjoy it? Have you ever wondered what questions you should ask your real estate agent? Have you ever wondered how to pick out a real estate agent? Well, do not worry. We are here to cover some of the questions you are bound to have when picking up and selling your wonderful Canadian home.

 Questions To Ask Your Real Estate REALTOR®

Be Prepared To Let Go of Your Home

You have to be prepared to let go of your home as you know it. When you decide to sell your home you have to be prepared to put your memories in a big book and let the home turn into a house. You can keep all of the memories and great times that you have had in the house, but you cannot be your own worst enemy when it comes to selling the home. Do not let yourself get in the way of a sale. If you have to ask your real estate agent how best to do this, then do that. They most certainly have had a lot of experience talking to other couples who have had a hard time letting their home go.

 

Who Are you?

You have every right to ask who will be representing you and the house that you are trying to sell. You have the right to ask the agent what their name is, how long they have been selling homes, and if they have a license that they can show you to prove it. You also have a right to ask whether or not they have a license that is in good standing and whether or not they have any information that they would like to share with you before you decide to have them represent you (or not). The more open and honest you can be with your real estate agent, the more open and honest they can be with you. Get a feel for who they are so that you know whether or not this is really a person that values what you value. You deserve a good fit no matter who you are or what you want from the transaction.

 

How Do You Plan To Sell My Home?

Every great real estate agent will be able to develop a good plan. A plan that will help you sell your home. A plan that will highlight the best features in your home to any and all potential buyers watching the listing of your home with hopeful eyes. Your real estate agent should be able to market your home in such a way that is valuable to the buying population. This means they should have a strategy that is specific to your home and its assets. Do not fall for a scam artist or a real estate agent that has no clue on how to they plan to sell your home. If they don’t have a plan, how on Earth is your home ever supposed to sell?

 

What Do I Need to Do Now?

You may have quite a bit of work left to do now that you want to sell your home. You may have to clean it up. You may have to have it inspected. You may have to sink in a little bit of money before your home is even able to go up on the market. Your real estate agent should have a pretty good idea of what has to be done in order to make this a smooth process.


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How to Know You’re Ready to Buy a Home in Canada
Posted on Thu, 15 Dec 2016, 10:55:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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So you are thinking of picking up and moving to a new home in Canada? We really could not be happier for you and all that you are going to experience. But are you still having a handful of reservations and are in need a little reassurance. That is what we are here for!

 

Examine the Reason You Have Thought of Moving to CanadaHow to Know You’re Ready to Buy a Home in Canada

You clearly have a reason to be buying a home in Canada if you have thought this far ahead and have found yourself here on our blog. You just have to remember what that reason is and whether or not you really want to be in Canada as opposed to the other locations on Earth that you could be moving to.

 

Are You Considering Buying Because You Feel Unsafe Elsewhere?

This is actually a very common reason that buyers come to Canada to buy their very own Canadian dream home. Many people flee their countries because of political stress or the lack of safety that they feel they have there. You would not be alone if you are moving to Canada to buy a home that would make you feel safe day in and day out. In that case, we are more than welcome to take you in and show you just how wonderful Canada is to live in. If you feel unsafe where you are, please continue to seek that perfect Canadian home.

 

Are You Financially Stable?

You may be wondering if you can afford to buy a home in Canada. Maybe you have recently married or had your first child. Maybe you are moving to follow your dreams or to get a job. Whatever the case may be you must explore whether or not you will be financially able to afford the move and the home you wish to move into. To do so you can talk to a financial advisor, or seek additional help online. There are plenty of sources willing to help you figure out whether or not you can afford a home, and if so, how much you can afford to spend on the home you would like to buy. Congratulations on making this a serious consideration of yours. If you are wondering, questioning your financial stability is an excellent first step toward buying a new home anywhere.

 

Do You Love Winter Weather?

You may be thinking, why ask about winter if you already know we are looking for a home in Canada? Doesn’t all of Canada experience a brutally harsh, long, and cold winter? Actually, no. There are many different areas in Canada. You will find that you can find a home in that brutally cold, harsh, wintery location you have pictured in your head, but you can also find a home along a beach with mild summers and sunny days. You will be able to find a range of temperatures and climates all over Canada to better meet your needs. If that was a concern, you should consider visiting the homes you are considering purchasing to make sure that they are in locations that you will be able to handle as a new homeowner. On these visits, make sure to take to the neighbors and the community members. These people have lived in Canada for varying amounts of time- some of them have lived in Canada their entire lives. They will be the most knowledgeable on the location and the winters you are wondering about. So no, you do not have to love winter to live in Canada, but you certainly could.


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Tips For Organizing Your New Bathroom
Posted on Wed, 30 Nov 2016, 01:00:00 PM  in Marketing strategies
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Organizing your new home is a great way to start fresh and upgrade your vibe. You can organize as you unpack and take care of both tasks at the same time.

The bathroom is a room you use every day, so it is important to organize this room as soon as possible. Here are several tips for organizing the bathroom in your new home.Tips For Organizing Your New Bathroom

Start With The Medicine Cabinet: The medicine cabinet should be used to store the items you use frequently, such as medication and grooming supplies. Start by going through your items and discarding anything that is expired or broken. You may have done this before the move, but it never hurts to double-check your items. The items you do not use frequently can be stored in a labeled bin to be placed inside the closet.

Divide Your Drawers: There is a good chance your sink has a drawer, and it may be tempting to just toss your grooming supplies into this drawer. It is better to divide and conquer so you do not have to rummage for a specific item. You can organize your grooming tools, cosmetics and other small accessories with a drawer divider.

Tackle The Hair Products: Invest in a smaller plastic container for the supplies such as combs, curling or straighten irons, hair dryers and sprays. Place the container under the sink to pull out when you are ready to style your hair.

Invest In A Shelving Unit: Invest in a narrow shelving unit or small bookcase so you can store items without taking up too much space. The top shelves can be used for items such as toiletries and grooming supplies. If there is more than one person in your household, consider designating everyone to their own labeled bin. The bottom shelves can be used for towels and extra toilet paper.

Use A Vanity: If you do not want to place a shelving unit inside your bathroom, you may decide to invest in a small vanity. This allows you to sit down when getting ready for your day, grooming yourself or removing your makeup. A vanity is ideal for smaller families or bigger spaces because you can use it to store your grooming essentials.

Over The Shower: The key is to organizing your bathroom is to maximize every space. One idea is to invest in an organizer designed to hang over the shower. Use the organizer for essentials such as your body wash, shampoo and loofah sponge.

Over The Door: Invest in an over-the-door hooks for towels and bathrobes. You can also use it for the sweater you plan to grab on the way out, or you can use it for a hanging organizer full of cosmetics.

Glass Apothecary Jars: Did you know you can organize and decorate your bathroom at the same time? All you have to do is head to the store for glass apothecary jars. Use the jars to organize your cotton swabs, toothpicks, bath beads and decorative soap. You can even create a fun vibe by looking for the jars in different shapes, sizes and colors.

Get Creative With Towels: It is always fun to get creative with the storage in your bathroom. Are you planning to throw out the wooden wine rack you used for your housewarming party? You can recycle and organize by using it to store rolled towels.

Moving into your new home gives you the opportunity to improve your organizational system. You can invest in items such as drawer dividers and over-the-door hooks, or you can get creative with a wooden wine rack or apothecary jars.


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Questions To Ask Your Real Estate Agent When Selling Your Home
Posted on Tue, 15 Nov 2016, 12:55:00 PM  in My services
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So you know you’re selling your home and you know you want it to sell. You want to give yourself the best chance to make a quick sale that is fair for everyone, and so you’ve decided that you want to hire a real estate agent. Great choice!Questions To Ask Your Real Estate Agent When Selling Your Home

Now that you are looking for a real estate agent to sell your beautiful Canadian home, you need to know what questions to ask them. You really want to know who you are working with. So below we have outlined a few questions that you should consider asking your new potential real estate agent.

 

How Many Clients Are You Currently Representing?

There are two things you need to consider for when asking this question. You need to consider whether or not you think this real estate agent is too busy or too free (meaning having very few customers). You also need to consider whether or not you feel your real estate is being upfront and honest with you when they answer this question. If your gut feeling says “move on”, it is probably worth listening to.

 

How Many Homes Have You Sold?

Again, there are two things to consider when asking this question. If they are young and have sold many homes you may want to ask what makes them successful. If they are older and have sold few homes you may wish to consider what reason they have for only having sold a few homes in their career.

 

Are Your Fees Negotiable?

This is a great question to ask because you will find out very quickly which agents are not worth working with. If your potential real estate agent says that they have fees that are non-negotiable, then walk away. If your agent isn’t willing to work with you, even a little bit, there are plenty out other that will. You deserve to have a real estate agent that you can talk to and work with.

 

How Much Money Do You Think My Home Is Worth?

It may seem tempting to stick with the one agent that says your home is worth thousands of dollars more than the other three agents. Don’t be tempted by this statement. This is almost always a bad sign unless you know for sure that they have a rock-solid method of selling your home, or unless you do not want to sell your home quickly. Stick with the real estate agent that has seen a lot of homes similar to yours selling for the price that they are suggesting. You want to make the most of your deal, but sitting on a house for months just because the asking price is too high? That is just plain silly.

 

Are You In Good Standing? Can I See Your Real Estate License?

There are websites that allow you to check to see if your real estate agent is legitimate and if their license is currently in good standing. They should have absolutely no problem providing this information to you for that very reason. If they do not show you their license or give you the information to look up you can assume that they are not in good standing or that they are fraudulent. There are many frauds out there that will assume you are unknowing and steal money from you. They will provide you with nothing, or come up with documentation that is completely inaccurate or fake. If you ask no other questions, please ask this one.


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What You Are Looking for Close to Your New Home
Posted on Mon, 31 Oct 2016, 03:40:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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When shopping around for a new home, it is important for you to consider what amenities are around for you to enjoy. There are many different types of lifestyles that can benefit from all varieties of communities, and learning how to plan ahead can be one of the best ways for you to make a home purchase that you can be proud of. Keep some of these community factors in mind the next time you are in the market for a new home.

 

Public TransportationWhat You Are Looking for Close to Your New Home

This is perhaps one of the most important factors to consider when browsing around for a new home, especially if you commute to work or have kids that need to get to school on time. Take a look at local transportation sources, such as the airport, bus station and subway, and see how close your home is to it. Depending on the proximity, you can consider some home choices over others, especially if you have a busy household that needs to commute regularly.

 

Curb Appeal

Most homeowners pay close attention to the way the neighborhood looks when they go shopping, but for some, the right type of curb appeal can be paramount. If you have a lot of guests or plan on doing a lot of entertaining, you want to make sure that the neighborhood looks great. Take a look around the property and spend a little time familiarizing yourself with the sights and sounds. Being prepared and doing your research is the best way to get a feel for the surrounding area.

 

Gym Accessibility

If you regularly exercise and need to stay on top of gym locations, it is crucial for you to take a look at the surrounding gyms and exercise facilities before making your purchase. Think about what trails are in the area as well if you're a serious jogger. Ask around and take a look at local maps to see if there is something around you that would appeal to your needs. A quick search can be all you need to get results.

 

Pet Friendliness

This is particularly important if you are planning on working with condos or other rent-based purchases. Make sure that the neighborhood is pet friendly before you move in, especially if you have a larger pet, like a dog. There may be certain neighborhood laws that you need to stay on top of as well, so ask around before moving in. If having pets is important to you and the neighborhood does not approve, move on in your search.

 

Local Restaurants

This is important for those who order takeout frequently and enjoy eating out. What types of restaurants are around? Are there a lot of fine dining opportunities? Do you care that there are or are not? Analyze your own lifestyle and plan ahead for what type of dining you plan on doing. While you're at it, make sure that the grocery store is close enough as well. Looking at shopping opportunities and making sure that you are covered can be one of the most important parts of the home shopping experience. Never be caught unaware.

 

Schools

Finally, make sure that there are schools around the area for your kids, especially if you are moving during a crucial part of their development. Most schools will have your kids covered, but check in with them to make sure that you can transfer relatively quickly and easily. You want to make sure that your children can resume their studies as soon as you move. Look for schools based on your child's age group and be sure to take public transportation into consideration.


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How to Sell Your Home Quickly
Posted on Sat, 15 Oct 2016, 03:35:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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There are a number of different factors that determines how long a residential property sits on the market. Although the timeframe is often out of the control of the sellers, there are still ways to prevent the home from sitting for too long and making it more appealing to buyers. To ensure that you receive an offer in the first month of listing the property, there are a few important steps to take.

 

Stage the PropertyHow to Sell Your Home Quickly

Staging the property is one of the most important steps to take to show off the potential of the home and allow buyers to envision themselves living in the house. Use neutral decor in each room to avoid turning off buyers from bold colors or patterns that are used. You'll also want to hide clutter or personal belongings that remind buyers that you're still living in the house, which includes removing personal photos or monogrammed decor. Consider using fresh towels in the bathrooms and adding candles that create a relaxing setting. Open up the blinds and allow plenty of light into each room to create an uplifting environment that is illuminated.

 

Remodel the Kitchen

The kitchen is the most used room of the home and significantly influences the value of the property. Remodel the kitchen by resurfacing the cabinets, installing new countertops, and adding wood flooring to create an updated setting that is in demand. It's also important to update the appliances to ensure that they're energy-efficient and run well. Consider adding a backsplash for extra appeal and installing a large kitchen island for extra countertop space where an additional sink can be used.

 

Increase the Curb Appeal

Your home's curb appeal will determine how many people visit your property after seeing it listed. Allow the exterior setting to shine by planting new flowers, power washing the driveway, and painting the building a neutral color shade. You can also add unique features that include an arch, a water fountain, or a swing on the patio. Use the features sparingly to avoid making the yard look too cluttered.

You'll also want to increase the landscape of your home by fertilizing the lawn and cutting back plants or trees that are present. Group the same types of plants together to ensure that everything flows well.

 

Price the Home at a Competitive Price

Hire a real estate professional to help you determine what your home is worth and how much you should list it for. Research other homes in the local area to determine how much they sold for in past months. You'll also want to take a look at other homes that are currently listed on the market in your neighborhood to ensure that your property is competitive with its price. The size of your property and the number of rooms and bathrooms that are available will also determine what it's worth.

List your home for more than you want to sell it for to ensure that you can afford to lower the price after negotiating an offer that you receive.

 

Use Quality Photos

The photos that are used in your ads are the main factor that influences the number of buyers that decide to take a look at the home. Hire a photographer to visit the property and will use professional camera equipment to take pictures of the interior and exterior setting. You'll need to use someone who has access to professional software to ensure that they can edit the photos to make the home look as appealing as possible.


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Save Energy and Money In Your New Home
Posted on Fri, 30 Sep 2016, 12:45:00 PM  in My services
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Moving into your new home can be very costly when you add in the supplies, moving company and gas money. You may find yourself looking for ways to save money after your big move. Conserving energy is a great way to save money after moving into your new home. It also allows you to start over in a healthier environment. Use the following tips to save energy in your new home.

Adjust The Thermostat

Turn your thermostat up in the summer and down in the winter. You can always find other ways to cool or heat your home in extreme weather. A programmable thermostat allows you to keep the temperature adjusted when you are not home. You may be surprised at how much money you can save with this method.

lights-energyTrap The Air Inside

You should always keep the doors and windows closed when you are using the heat or air conditioner. It is also recommended to check and seal any gaps. You may find yourself turning the heat or air conditioner up if there are any leaks in your home.

Cover The Windows

Keep the cold air out of your home by closing the blinds at night during the winter season. Leaving the blinds open during the day allows you to warm up your home without turning up the thermostat. During the summer season, close the blinds to keep the sunlight from warming up your home.

Switch to LED Light Bulbs

LED light bulbs use 75 percent less energy than standard light bulbs. The best part is the LED bulbs are bright enough to provide ample lighting.

Unplug Your Electronics

It is no secret that turning off the electronics you are not using can save energy. However, keeping them plugged in may still use energy because there is still power flowing into the device. You can save more energy by turning off and unplugging the electronics. One idea is to invest in a power strip that is designed to stop the power from flowing once you turn the device off.

Trade In Your Desktop For A Laptop

A laptop uses less energy than your desktop, and it is easier to unplug a laptop when you are done using it.

Use Energy Efficient Appliances

Investing in energy efficient appliances is a great way to save energy around the clock. The appliances are designed to perform without using a lot of energy.

Eco-Friendly Laundry Method

You can save up to 40 cents per load by washing your clothes in cold water. If you have the time, hang your laundry on a clothesline instead of placing them in the dryer.

Reduce Your Shower Time

You can conserve water and save up to $15 per year if you cut your shower time by at least a minute. You can save up to $100 per year by cutting your shower down to five minutes.

Fix The Faucet

Do not wait too long to fix the leaky faucet in your bathroom or kitchen. A leaky faucet consumes a lot of water and raises your utility bill over time.

Keep It Clean

Dust can cause your furnace filter, vents, air conditioner, appliances and even your light fixtures not to work properly. This means they are going to use more energy to do their job. It is recommended to check and clean these items regularly.

It is easy to save energy in your new home. All you have to do is keep your home clean, seal up the leaks and make several changes. You can lower your utility bills and create a healthy environment in your new home.


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New Trend In Home Design: Pendant Lights, Warm Metals, And LED Lights
Posted on Thu, 15 Sep 2016, 12:40:00 PM  in My services
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New trends in lighting are popping up everywhere. Warm metals, pendant lights, and energy efficient LED lights can be found dangling high above kitchen countertops, entryway ceilings, above bedside tables, and in bathrooms everywhere. These trends can match all tastes, styles, and can work with virtually any decor.

led-lightsDeciding What Works For Your New Home

Whether you are moving into a new home, renovating, or selling your current home, it is always the perfect time to start thinking about your home's decorative style. When you picture a perfect kitchen, living room, bedroom or bathroom, what comes to mind?

Likely, you pictured your home's ideal furniture, paint colors, and flooring. Did you think about the lighting? Lighting is one of the most effective ways to shape the look and feel of your home's style. The lighting is an essential part of dictating your room's mood and feel.

Deciding the lighting that you will use in your home can be difficult as you will be faced with many options. However, there are a few key factors to consider: the availability of natural light, the signature style, the function and the color of the room. You should always keep in mind these key factors when deciding your home's lighting.

LED Lighting

Modern homes are thinking in terms of eco-friendly design and LED lighting is playing a huge part in this transformation. LED lights are more efficient, help save the environment, and help save money. Not only are LED lights better for the environment and your wallet, but they can also be a very attractive lighting option. The flexible choice in lighting can be used in modern fixtures as well as new sleek designs. Newer LED lights come in a variety of color temperatures and work with the needs and styles of an array of homes.

Warm Metals

Warm metal is being used in home design in a big way. Warm metal accents are everywhere and it is no surprise. The classic look of warm metal brings elegance and style to any space. The trend can be used to add a touch of glamor when dressing up a room. Fixtures, door handles, and even lighting are easy ways to introduce the latest trend. Look for brass, copper, and even gold. For a modern take on warm metal, consider a brushed metal surface as it can modernize the look. No matter which style you choose, the use of warm metals will reflect a light and even "glow" when used in tandem with the right color palette.

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lighting can be found in the pages of home decor magazines, blogs, and Pinterest boards. The perfect lighting solution can be implemented matching the style of virtually every home. It can be purchased in white, black, gold, copper, wrought iron, or glass and can act as an accent piece when used in the right way. If you are redecorating, redefining, or renovating your home and its style, then considers replacing some of your home's current lighting with a pendant light. A pendant light is an easy and affordable way to modernize your home's interior space.

Pendants are a big trend and can be used in combinations, hung at different heights, or in unexpected places. These modern fixtures are a great way to add that surprising something that makes your home unique.

For a modern and unique take on pendant lighting, consider adding pendants to your entryway strung at varying heights, or using big bowl pendants in unique colors above your kitchen counters, or the addition of matching pendants hung low over your bedside table.


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Buying a Home? How to Find the Right Community
Posted on Tue, 30 Aug 2016, 11:25:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Marketing strategies, etc.
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Are you thinking of buying a new home? If so, it is important to understand that the neighborhood that you choose can be just as important as the house that you buy. After all, you will likely be living in that neighborhood for many years to come. The last thing that you want is to buy in a neighborhood that is not a good fit for you or your family.

So, how can you find the right community? The key is to figure out what you're looking for, do research and find a neighborhood that meets your needs. Even if you have already found the perfect home, you should fully investigate the neighborhood before making an offer. Here are some things to think about when researching a neighborhood.

Do You Want to Live in the City or the Suburbs?

communityDeciding what type of setting that you prefer is one of the most important things to consider when buying a home. Do you love skyscrapers and cityscapes? Do you want to be able to walk to shops, restaurants and parks? If so, the city might be for you. One the other hand, if you are more at home living someplace quieter where you can take advantage of nature’s wonderful views then moving just outside of town might be ideal. Some folks prefer rural areas where there are no nearby neighbors.

What Type of Home Do You Want?

Would you prefer a single-family home or a condo? Typically, location is the deciding factor. If you want to be located in the middle of the city, you will likely find that condos are more plentiful. Typically, large single family homes are not as common in the city.

Is the Neighborhood Attractive?

Are residents maintaining their homes? Do the yards look like they are being kept up? If so, this is good news. An attractive neighborhood means that the residents care about it. A neighborhood that is attractive will help home prices in the area stay strong. On the other hand, lots of vacant homes or foreclosures in a neighborhood is a bad sign. They often become eyesores as they deteriorate from neglect. These properties can significantly diminish property values in a neighborhood. Be wary of any neighborhood that has a lot of these properties.

Do You Have Children?

If you have children, one of your priorities might be choosing a neighborhood in a good school system. Another factor for parents might be the number of nearby community centers, libraries, pools and parks.

What are Your Interests?

Do you like hiking, boating, and swimming? Many of today’s communities offer a number of amenities to support almost any interest or hobby. Do you want to be able to hike near your home? Maybe you are an avid tennis fan and want neighborhood courts. Whatever your interest, find out if your neighborhood has offers things that you are interested in.

Is the Neighborhood Safe?

Even a neighborhood that looks nice can have a crime problem. Often, a neighborhood’s crime statistics can be found online. Check out the local police department website to determine if they publish crime statistics information online. Do not forget to look up registered sex offenders in the area. You can get this information by searching the National Sex Offender Registry. This is especially important if you have young children. You do not want to purchase a home only to find out that a violent sex offender lives next door.


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