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Questions to Ask When Selling Your First Canadian Dream Home
Posted on Wed, 15 Mar 2017, 03:10:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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Congratulations on selling your first Canadian home. It is hard to let go of the first home that you have lived in. There are memories in the walls, under the floors, in the backyard, and in the kitchen. You have planted flowers with your mom in the garden and cooked cookies for your school functions in the the oven. You have a lot that you are going to miss and that is perfectly okay. We are here to ensure that the process goes as smoothly for you as it possibly can.

 Questions to Ask When Selling Your First Canadian Dream Home

Let Go Of The Things You Can’t Control

There is a reason you are selling your first Canadian home. You may have a new job, for example. Maybe you have a loved one across the country that you need to help. Maybe you just want to travel. Whatever the reason is, you’re going to have to comes to terms with the fact that you are in fact selling your home. It is okay. This process is indeed hard.

 

Questions To Ask The Real Estate Agent

You will have many questions to ask the real estate agent because you are new to this business of selling your home. You have never gone through the motions, especially with the emotions you likely have toward your house. So below you will find a list of questions you should consider asking your real estate agent upon putting your house up for sale.

 

How Much Do You Think My House Is Worth?

Never assume that you know exactly how much your house is worth. It could be worth millions if you live in a mansion by the sea with an excellent view from all 14 bedrooms, but your first house probably is not that mansion. YOu should ask your real estate agent what they think your home is worth. They have seen multiple homes in the area and have sold houses competitively because their livelihood depends on it. They will know what your house is worth and what it will sell for. They will also recommend that you be flexible in the likelihood that a buyer would like to counter your offer. Flexibility is key to selling your home quickly and efficiently.

 

What Are Your Qualifications?

Never be afraid to ask what a real estate agent’s qualifications are. They are trained to be open and honest about this information because it means either the sale of a home or the chance that it sits for a year or longer. You will be able to find this information online as well as in person. If this individual does not want to share this information with you then simply move on. There are a thousand and more agents that would love to represent you, and they will have qualifications that they wouldn’t mind sharing. Honesty is always the best policy when engaging with an agent.

 

Are You Flexible?

Find an agent that will be flexible with you in just about every way that you could ask for. Ask them if they are willing to meet you at a mutually beneficial time instead of only the times that they proposed if they do not work for you. Ask them if they will be flexible with the fees that they have as well. Any agent that wants to see you succeed will know that you have to be flexible and will want to meet you halfway. If they aren’t flexible, step away and find a new agent.


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Tips for Flipping a House
Posted on Tue, 28 Feb 2017, 10:10:00 AM  in Home selling tips
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House flipping can be one of the best ways for you to make an advantageous purchase and sell it for a large profit in the future. Like many other investments, however, it is important for individuals to plan ahead accordingly and work with local market conditions to get the most out of their next big sale. If you are interested in pursuing a career in house flipping, it is strongly recommended for you to follow some of these tips and see what a difference they can make in your career. The tips can be particularly helpful for those just entering the industry.

 Tips for Flipping a House

Always Stick to a Budget

One of the most important things that all home flippers should remember is the meaning of ARV. The term stands for After Repair Value, and it is identified as the amount of money that the property is going to sell for after it has been repaired and dressed up. One of the most important rules of thumb to remember is to never be in the process of repairing the property for more than 70 percent of the home's ARV. Calculations needs to be made carefully and accurately to make sure that you can maximize your profits without having to worry about potential pricing issues in the future.

 

Know the Local Market

Another important thing to remember is that each housing market is different. What one home may go for in one state or region may drastically change in another. Knowing what to expect can allow you to prepare accordingly and invest in the appropriate tools to get the job done. If there is a niche for the property, it is a good idea to learn more about it and determine how you can benefit in the future. Always try to stay one step ahead of the curve in terms of market prices and trends, and try to know what factors can make a deal better.

 

Know the Buyers

In addition to learning as much as you can about the market, it is crucial for you to learn as much as you can about the buyers as well. Once the numbers have been figured out, it becomes a matching game for potential shoppers. Not all home buyers are the same, but knowing what to expect along different price ranges can be just what you need to prepare yourself for open houses and staging days. Learn as much as you can about the audience and try to think about the local neighborhood in terms of amenity advantages.

 

Show Your Work Off

Be proud of the work that you put into the property. You had to work through all types of issues to make that unique property stand out on its own. When it is time to set up a showing day or prepare the staging for the sale itself, it is important for you to make it look like you take pride in the work that you do. Not only is this a necessary strategy to draw attention, but it can also be one of the best ways for you to build your personal credibility.

 

Do Not Get Greedy

Try your hardest to avoid overvaluing the home as well. Speak with your customers and try to get a feel for the market as best as you can before you make the final adjustments to the price. Though every market is different, there are always trends to watch out for that can help define the work that you do. When in doubt, consult with other agents and see what they may think about the property's final value.


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A New Home Versus an Older Home: Drawbacks and Benefits
Posted on Wed, 15 Feb 2017, 10:05:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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If you were to ask most potential homeowners, they'd love to buy a brand-new home versus one that was built a few decades ago. Sometimes, it comes down to personal preferences, but there are some definite benefits and drawbacks to purchasing a newly built home.

 A New Home Versus an Older Home: Drawbacks and Benefits

 Benefits to Purchasing New or Having a Home Built

  1. Customization

If you've ever lived in an older home, you know that there are many tweaks that should have been made while it was being constructed. You can make those changes to accommodate your lifestyle. That includes the huge master suite, massive family room and office space you want.

 

  1. Design Elements

Along with the size of the rooms, you can choose design elements to fit your family like an eat-in kitchen or a walk-in closet. You can choose everything down to the paint colour in your newly built home.

 

  1. New Home New Everything

With a new home, you're getting all the newest wiring and technology. That includes alarm systems, cable and media sound. If you're a fan of technology, this is essential in a new home.

 

  1. Less Maintenance

New homes mean that along with the wiring, all the appliances and HVAC equipment is brand-new. You won't have to worry about costly repairs or maintenance for a while. In the case of the heating and air, you'll want to do some seasonal maintenance, but nothing expensive.

 

  1. New House Smell

Everything in the new home should be absolutely perfect and customized to exactly what you want in the home. That means a beautiful new house smell so to speak. There'll be no flaws or disappointing elements for you to have to deal with in your new home.

 

 Drawbacks to the Newly Built Home

  1. The Cost

New homes can cost thousands and thousands more than an older home. You're paying for the new home's perfection. When you're discussing the things you want with a builder, you'll want to be careful about the costs or they could skyrocket quite easily.

 

  1. Additional Amenities

When you're shopping for a new home, the model you've seen can actually cost a lot more than you expect. Upgrades and additional amenities can really start to accumulate. It can end up costing even more.

 

  1. Missing the Quaintness

When you buy a new home, you're not getting any of the quaint charm you'd find in an older home. That's also true of the neighbourhood. The neighbourhood, trees and landscaping will be new too.

 

  1. Travel Time

New neighbourhoods are often away from the main parts of the city. You'll end up away from your usual markets and shopping destinations as well as the children's schools and other activities.

 

  1. Construction Zone

If you're one of the first homeowners in a new neighbourhood, you'll likely be living in a construction zone for a few years while the rest of the homes are built. Along with the noise, there'll be plenty of dust and dirt flying around too.

When you factor in the benefits and the drawbacks, you'll likely have your decision about whether a new home makes sense for you and your family. If technology and new construction and amenities are important, you'll want to go with a newly built home instead of an older one. When your idea of a home is large trees along shaded walks with quaint details, you'll likely want an older house.


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What You Should Know About Restrictive Covenants
Posted on Tue, 31 Jan 2017, 10:05:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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If you are considering buying a home in a planned subdivision, there is a good chance that you will become part of a homeowners’ association, commonly referred to as an HOA. One of the jobs of an HOA is to protect the property values within the community. One way an HOA does this is by requiring member homeowners to pay monthly, semi-annual, or yearly fees. These funds are used to maintain the common areas of the community. Another way is through a set of rules known as restrictive covenants that govern what homeowners in the community can and cannot do with their property.

 What You Should Know About Restrictive Covenants

Examples of Restrictive Covenants:

Restrictive covenants can vary widely between communities. These covenants can cover numerous issues, including

  • the colors that you can use to paint your home,
  • the type of landscaping that you can plant,
  • the size or breed of dog that you can own,
  • the type of window coverings allowed,
  • the number and type of vehicles that you can park on your property,
  • the height and type of fencing that you can install, and
  • whether you can install basketball hoops or other sporting equipment in your driveway.

A neighbourhood with an HOA that implements and enforces reasonable restrictive covenants will typically appear better maintained and see home values increase faster than a neighbourhood without an HOA.

 

Your Rights When Purchasing a Property in an HOA Community:

Once a seller accepts your offer, you are entitled to review the community’s covenants and by-laws. You should take advantage of this opportunity since you are expected to abide by the rules whether you have read them or not. If you find the terms unacceptable, you are normally entitled to back out of the contract without penalty within a certain number of days. Another option is to bring the issue to the attention of the HOA board to see if an exception can be made.

 

What Happens if You Violate an HOA Rule?

The consequences for violating a restrictive covenant vary from community to community. In most cases, you will be issued a warning advising you to remedy the situation. If you fail to do so, you may receive a fine.

 

The Benefits of an HOA:

While some homeowners are reluctant to be told what they can and cannot do with their property, an HOA does offer some significant benefits, including access to more recreational amenities and a better community aesthetic. You will also typically have fewer maintenance concerns in an HOA community since mowing, snow removal, and even trash service are often included in your dues.

 

Restrictive Covenants Can be Changed:

In most cases, restrictive covenants enacted by an HOA are reasonable and ensure that all residents of the community are able to enjoy their home and neighbourhood amenities to the fullest extent possible. Unfortunately, there are instances where HOA boards over-reach and tighten regulations to the point that they infringe on the rights of individual homeowners. In these instances, it is important to remember that restrictive covenants can be changed by a majority vote of the member homeowners.


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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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