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Common Mistakes When Buying a House
Posted on Thu, 15 Jun 2017, 02:50:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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Purchasing a home is a process that many people spend the earlier years of their lives waiting for. Even after they are settled into their first homes, they have plans for larger ones or ones in different locations later on. Due to this excitement, you may become overeager and make some errors. One of the best ways to avoid mistakes is to know what they are in the first place.

 

Not Using a Real Estate Agent

Common MistakesChances are that you've made many purchases in your life. Therefore, you may assume that you can easily buy a house without the assistance of a professional. The purchase of a home is much different from other buys because you must go through many steps, and you need to ensure that they are done in the correct order. Also, you are spending a significant amount of money on something that you cannot just go to the store and return if you don't like it. As a result, working with someone who can guide you is wise.

 

Spending All of Your Money

Many people decide to obtain a pre-approval because they seriously get involved in the home-buying process. Once you have your own pre-approval, you will know how much of a house you are permitted to buy. However, that does not mean you should spend that entire sum of money. Consider the fact that you have all of your other bills to account for and that even if you love your new house, you will probably want to go out to explore the neighborhood and what it has to offer. In other words, just because you can afford a certain amount of house on paper does not mean that it is realistically the right decision.

 

Not Practicing to Pay

Before you buy a house, you should get an idea of how much money you will spend each month on all of your new expenses, such as the mortgage, taxes, electricity and so forth. Prior to making a bid on any house, see if you an actually set that amount of money aside without struggling. In the event that you cannot afford to do so, you must reevaluate how much money you want to spend on a house and if you are even ready to make that purchase at all.

 

Disregarding Neighborhood

You may have your sights set on a particular style of house or a particular aesthetic and pay little to no attention to the other factors surrounding the purchase. With the right permits, you can make a number of changes to the structure and interior of a house, but you can never change the neighborhood that it's in. Even if you find the house of your dreams, looking into properties is likely wise when it is in an area with high amounts of crime.

 

Going Too Big

If you are like many people, you are likely enchanted by a prodigious house with all of the trimmings. Remember though that what you want is not always what you need. By purchasing a larger house, many of your bills are going to cost more, and you are going to have more rooms to clean. Of course, with a large family, you may need a large house. On the other hand, when you are purchasing a home for a small family, ask yourself if you really need all of those extra rooms.

Making mistakes when purchasing a house can turn into serious blunders because they are not always so easy to fix. Knowing what errors could arise can help you to have more power in avoiding them.


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10 Of The Best Flowers To Plant When Moving Into Your New Home
Posted on Wed, 31 May 2017, 12:00:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips
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10 Of The Best Flowers To Plant When Moving Into Your New Home

Planting flowers in Canada can be one of the best ways to break in and personalize your new home. Once you have signed on the dotted line with your sales representative, then you can start planning all of the beautiful flowers that you would like to accentuate your yard with upon moving in.

Do not feel limited by the 10 flowers on this list. There are literally hundreds of flowers that grow in Canada both in the wild and those that can be planted from seed packets or small plants in yards. If you are lucky, you will get a wonderful mix of both.

 

Roses

If you love flowers, then you are likely thrilled that roses bloom very well in most places of Canada. Roses are actually one of the toughest flowers that you can plant in your yard, and they have one of the best scent payoffs for the price it costs to plant them. Roses are a perennial plant that will bloom every year if properly taken care of.

 

Dahlias

10 Of The Best Flowers To Plant When Moving Into Your New HomeDahlias are a beautiful flower that are sure to wow and inspire. These beauties should be dug up in winter and stored indoors to avoid freezing in the cold Canadian winter climate. They can be grown and planted outside again when it warms up in late April and throughout May. If cared for, these flowers will bloom for many years.

 

Foxgloves

Foxgloves are a uniquely designed flower that is sure to draw attention from anyone that sees them. These flowers can be planted in spring as seedlings and will bloom throughout the summer and into fall. They will appear in spring the following year after planted and will hit peak bloom that following summer.

 

Day Lilies

If you are a beginner and want to start planting flowers in Canada than you should plant day lilies. These are very beginner friendly and will grow in a variety of soil conditions. They are easily kept and can withstand missing a day of watering every now and then. The bonus of planting day lilies is that they come in a wide variety of beautiful colors.

 

Poppies

Many flowers grow well in the warmest months in Canada. Poppies are another very hardy flower that grow in early Spring. These flowers can also be grown by simply spreading them anywhere that you like to fill in any awkward gaps. You are sure to love this bold pop of color in the early Spring.

 

Purple Coneflowers

Purple coneflowers have incredibly bright color and are simply stunning to look at. These flowers also help to attract bees and butterflies so they make excellent additions to every garden while simultaneously supporting these dwindling insect populations.

 

Blue Flag Iris

The blue flag iris is actually the official flower of Quebec, and for great reason. These flowers are actually naturally growing wildflowers in Canada that tend to prefer the wetter conditions of wetlands, swamps, and watery meadows in lower Canada. If watered enough, these are also excellent additions to personal gardens.

 

Canadian Columbine

The Canadian columbine flower is another flower that is native to Canada. It was so beautiful that it was was actually one of the first flowers sent back to Europe after European settlers first arrived in Canada. It is one flower that tends to keep away deer if you have a problem with deer eating your gardens. In addition, it will attract Canada’s most unique and beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds.


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5 Types Of Clients That Sales Representatives See Everyday
Posted on Mon, 15 May 2017, 11:50:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips
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5 Types Of Clients That Sales Representatives See Everyday

Sales representatives work with hundreds of different clients looking to buy and sell homes throughout their career. While there are certainly unique clients that pose questions and circumstances that sales representatives would say they have never seen before, these professionals can lovingly sort the majority of their clients into 5 separate categories.

It is important to know that different sales representatives classify clients informally based on their own unique set of standards and expectations. This is in no way meant to offend individuals or groups.

 

Those That Know Exactly What They Are Looking For

5 Types Of Clients That Sales Representatives See EverydayIt is not uncommon for a potential buyer to meet with a sales representative knowing exactly what they would like a home to have. These lists could outline a few details that would make or break a sale, but more than likely these lists are very long and non-negotiable. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to fill every request that a client may have. This is especially true if the budget is too low to include the homes that have many or all of these requirements.

 

Those That Ask Questions At Every Opportunity

Sales representatives see quite a few new buyers and sellers that are very interested in the process and ask as many questions as they can think of. Professionals generally welcome these questions and answer them to the best of their advantage, but the process significantly slows down for the clients that ask the same question over and over again. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be educated, but clients are advised to be aware that excessive questions could lengthen the buying or selling process.

 

Those That Are Not Proactive During The Buying Or Selling Process

A sales representative is a professional that helps clients to buy and sell homes as they need or want to do so. It is exceptionally frustrating when a client visits a sales representative with the expectation that the representative will take care of everything without any input, direction, or interaction of any sort from the client. In order for a sales representative to do their job efficiently a client must be able to communicate with them often, give input, and sign paperwork periodically. While it may not be the most exciting or joyous time in a person’s life, sales representatives really need all clients to be somewhat proactive in their own buying or selling process.

 

Those That Fall In Love On The Spot

Sales representatives meet quite a few clients looking to buy a house that do not really know exactly what they are looking for or what is available to them in their price range. When presented with a variety of options on paper, in magazines, or online these clients may love everything or may wish to wait to see the home in person. Once the client arrives at their next potential home, they simply fall in love with the home that they are looking at. The problem arises when a buyer falls in love with every home that they visit.

 

Those That Cannot Be Pleased With Any Outcome

There are individuals in Canada that are buying or selling a house because they have no other choice. These individuals would most likely rather just stay where they are. While circumstances vary greatly, these clients never seem pleased. Clients may be offered more money than they were asking for the home, may buy a home for significantly less than it had been listed for, or may have been relieved of fees for one reason or another and still cannot find joy in the situation. It is hard for a sales representative to see clients unhappy which makes this a hard group to represent.

 


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How To Fix Up Your New Fixer Upper
Posted on Sun, 30 Apr 2017, 01:20:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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It takes a very ambitious person to take a home in disrepair and make it fresh, clean, and new again. If this is exactly what you are, then keep on reading for a few tips and tricks to making your journey just a little bit easier.

 How To Fix Up Your New Fixer Upper

Look At The Foundation First

When you are looking into buying a home to fix up, look at the foundation first. Make sure to ask your sales representative what they know about the house and the condition of this very important structure. A crumbling or cracked foundation may mean that the house cannot actually be saved or used in the way that you would like it to be. Foundations that are in good or great condition can be stabilized and reinforced much more often than those that are in very poor shape.

 

Always Do The Research On Roofing Materials

The majority of houses that are sold and purchased as fixer uppers will need to have the roof replaced or redone. Canadian winters can truly take a toll on the roofs of houses, both fixer uppers and those sold as “ready to live in”. If you are brand new to buying and fixing up houses, then you will quickly realize that the number of choices you have to choose from will be overwhelming. Do your research on the area you live in, the different roofing materials pros and cons, and what you can actually afford to spend on the materials necessary to redo the roof.

 

Keep Your End Goal In Mind

If you are fixing up the house to live in, then you have very little to worry about. You will be fixing the house exactly how you would want it. If you are fixing up the house to sell, then consider what the market is looking for. Does your neighborhood need a house with antique charm, an enclosed porch, and a row of fruit trees? Do the majority of houses on the market have brand new wooden floors and multiple bathrooms? If you know what the market is looking for, then deliver on those desires to the extent of your ability.

 

Consider Completely Replacing The Floors

Most carpets, laminates, and wooden floors in fixer uppers are in total and complete disrepair. These floors are crumbling, moldy, broken, and incredibly dangerous. If these floors have asbestos in them or other dangerous spores and fibers, then they can cause a great deal of harm to anyone that moves into the house. In order to completely eradicate this fear and use this as a marketing strategy, simply replace all of the flooring. If you can afford to replace all of the flooring with real hardwood floors then do so. This will give new owners the option to add carpet or keep the hardwood. If you can only afford to do hardwood in one or two rooms, put this in the kitchen and bathroom. The other rooms can be reasonably carpeted for an affordable price. It is totally reasonable to put carpet in bedrooms and the living room.

 

Take Home Advice

Buying a fixer-upper certainly takes a lot of trust, courage, and ambition. Congratulations on being that person. You are saving a beautiful piece of architecture from crumbling to pieces and being lost in history forever. Hopefully the tips above will help you to make this process as easy as possible with the greatest amount of personal satisfaction.


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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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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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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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