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Home Buyers: Looking for the Perfect Porch!
Posted on Fri, 31 May 2019, 02:45:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  My services, etc.
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If outdoor living is what you want in the warmer months of the year, consider talking to your REALTOR® about homes with the kind of porch you'd like. While all homes can't have the best outdoor spaces, having something to work with is ideal.Home Buyers Looking for the Perfect Porch

 

Options for a Back Porch

 

Outdoor Kitchens

If you like to entertain and cook, you may want a back porch that is large enough for a kitchen and several people. If the house you wish to purchase has a small back porch area, consider what you could do to extend it by way of a patio or pergola. Hanging outdoor lights and having a long farm-style table for outdoor dinners can make for a great area to spend the weekends with friends and family.

 

Relaxing to the Extreme

If your days off are all about lounging, you can decorate your back porch with furnishings and plants that help you sink into your comfort zone. Outdoor beds and hammocks are great for people who love to relax. Turn your porch into an oasis with a space to stretch out, plants, and a trickling water feature.

 

Front Porch Visions

 

Morning Coffee or Tea

Hanging chairs with delicate tables for morning coffee are an excellent option for people watching or taking in the sunrise. Create romantic spaces to enjoy the morning quiet and let the sun wake you up naturally. Be mindful of clutter on a front porch and add enough to make it a special place to enjoy for one or two people.

 

The Big Front Porch

If you are lucky enough to get a home with a lot of space on the front porch, you can consider making it an area for entertaining neighbours, or you can make it a space that is useful for the whole family. Consider a crafting area on one side and a dining area for lunches or dinners on the other side.

 

If you want a more private front porch, consider tall potted plants and low hanging hammocks for a private paradise. Use the colours you love to create a relaxing area that shines with your personality.

 

Small Balcony or Patio Spaces

 

If you want to purchase a condominium or a townhome and you don't have much space, consider building furniture for the space you have. Custom outdoor furniture with storage can give your area the personal touches it deserves. You can also find planters, screens, and potted shrubs that will turn our small outdoor space into a secret garden retreat.

 

If you love to watch TV when you relax, consider turning a balcony or patio into a bar area for a unique way to relax and watch your favourite show or game. A bar set is narrow and takes up less space than some larger lounge chairs, so they are perfect for balconies. Hang lights and pictures of your favourite movies or team on the outside walls to show off.

 

No matter what your personality is, there is always a porch that you can customize into your ideal space. If you tour a home without a porch, consider a pergola or other free standing outdoor room, so you can still enjoy the benefits of outdoor living space.


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Benefits of Using Social Media to Sell Your Home
Posted on Wed, 15 May 2019, 02:40:00 PM  in Home selling tips,  My services, etc.
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Thanks to modern technology, homeowners have a variety of selling tools that do not cost them a lot of money, such as social media. A majority of social media platforms are free for personal and professional usage. This means you can reach countless people around the world, all with a posted message, image, link, and more. Continue reading to learn some of the benefits that social media can provide when you are trying to sell your home.Benefits of Using Social Media to Sell Your Home

 

It’s Free

Signing up for a personal or professional social media account is free. You can take advantage of the most popular platforms without spending any money, unlike most websites that homeowners use to list their properties. You can spend the saved money on staging the home, or hiring professional photographers to come in and snap pictures of your house for countless social media users to see. Some of the most popular platforms for sellers to register with free of charge are:

 

  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Facebook

 

Global Reach

Many homebuyers come from different cities and states, as well as other countries. Reaching these people is easier to do with social media. You can post photos of your home on the platforms and gain access to serious buyers. Many social media users will share posts, especially if they know a friend or two who want to move to your area. Reaching people from different locations is a bonus because you don’t have to advertise in local newspapers around the country, or hire sales representatives in different states. Instead, you can post the description of the home on social media, along with area details and photos of your property and local businesses, and reach just as many people as a print ad could, and possibly more!

 

More Interacting

You can interact with potential customers directly, in real-time. When users like your post or share it with others, you can reach out to those individuals to share more details and to schedule a viewing. This is a benefit that allows you to keep a potential sale alive, as opposed to letting the viewer move on without asking for more details. Keep in mind that when you post on social media, you should be ready to respond within a timely manner.

 

Share Links

This is a good idea for sellers who own more than one home. If a buyer clicks on the link and determines that she is not interested in the house listed on the original post, she is now on your website and can check out other properties that you have up for sale. It is a good idea to post links with every message, even if you only post a couple of pictures. The objective is to persuade social media users to click on the link and browse your website for more details, and to share the link with their family members, friends, and colleagues.

 

Find Your New Home

A mistake that many homeowners make is selling their property without having a move-in option. You do not want to put a lot of time and money into selling your home, only to cancel the sale because you didn’t secure a move-in option. Therefore, while you are browsing social media and looking for popular real estate tags, you should use the platforms to find a home for you and your family. Although it is rare, some homeowners swap properties with each other. Regardless, social media can be an effective selling and buying tool for real estate.

 

Selling a home can be a challenging process, but there are many benefits available for sellers to take advantage of, like social media. You should speak with an experienced sales representative to learn how the platforms can boost your selling potential. He may have some other tips that get your home sold quickly, and for a great price!


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Decorating with Rockscaping
Posted on Tue, 30 Apr 2019, 10:30:00 AM  in My services
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Decorating your yard can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of owning a home. Planning for how you can decorate the outside of your area can allow you to really let your creativity shine. One of the most unique ways to decorate is through rockscaping. This is a style of outdoor decoration that focuses on establishing stone and rock fixtures, with less emphasis on greenery and more on wide open spaces and geometric configurations. It allows individuals to reduce their garden's upkeep needs, and establish a distinct sense of style in the area. If you are interested in exploring your rockscaping options, consider some of the following tips.Decorating with Rockscaping

 

Focus on the Details

Begin by thinking about what type of atmosphere you want to create. Like any green home garden, no two gardens of this variety will be the same. Plan the details according to your personal style and taste. There are more options available in this regard than people may think. Details can include things from specific colors and striation patterns to additional dry fixtures and geometric divisions. Think about the type of atmosphere you want to create and the message you want to share with those who see your home.

 

Work with Water

Contrary to popular belief, these landscapes do not need to emphasize complete dryness. Though your long-term water needs will be significantly reduced, you can still work with water around the area to create beautiful pool effects. Because of the insulation established by rock and stone effects, you can establish attractive stoneworks with the water as a foreground. This can immensely optimize your visual creativity, especially if you want to create a pooling or cascading effect here and there.

 

Think About the Lighting

If you live in an area that is especially sunny, it can be a good idea to plan for your lighting needs. Reflective lighting, especially, can be perfect for those who want to lead the eyes from one section of the area to the next. Many brighter and more reflective rock surfaces can actually serve to illuminate the area based on the surrounding fixtures. Like with anything else, experiment according to what effect you want to establish. It can be easy to arrange specific rocks in either a focal or mosaic array to direct the light on your property.

 

Plan for Colors

Take the exterior of your home into consideration as well. You want to tie in themes between different surfaces and rock arrangements, but you want to avoid being too matching or similar in your arrangement. Because of how versatile most home siding surfaces are, however, it can be easy to work with a synchronized system of rockscaping. Choose dark colors if you want to let the lighter ones stand out, and choose lighter colors to lead the eye along the darker ones. Transitions work especially well, so do not be afraid to experiment.

 

Do Not Avoid Greenery Entirely

Though you are seeking to minimize greenery, you do not have to get rid of it entirely. There are many plants that you can choose that will do well in your climate without needing too much water. You want to plan for your rockscaping in a way that will allow for the plants to act as the background, rather than the foreground of the scenes you set.

 

Incorporate Practical Effects

Wide open spaces can be invaluable in any such vista. Think about regular fixtures that you want to use in the yard as well. Things like walkways, tables, and chairs can all be included as decorative, as well as practical, elements. Plan them with the arrangement of your rockscaping, and see how they can play off of the elements that already exist.


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5 Things You Absolutely Need In Your New Home
Posted on Mon, 15 Apr 2019, 10:30:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  My services, etc.
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When buying your first home and deciding to live on your own away from family their are many things you may overlook and forget that you need them. In this article I will talk about 5 things that you need for your new home that you may have forgot about completely. People often focus on all the big things they need for their home such as furniture that they tend to overlook everything else that they may need in order to be happy within their new home.5 Things You Absolutely Need In Your New Home

 

Kitchen Utensils

One of the main things you are going to need in your new home is kitchen utensils and I am not just talking about your standard cutlery, plates, cups, or bowls but instead more specific items such as ice cream scooper, apple slicer, potato masher, potato peeler, big serving spoons, measuring cups, measuring spoons, bag clips, etc. It is also important to remember to buy pots, pans, a knife set, pot holders, hot pads, and other stuff that will make cooking in your new home possible.

 

Cleaning Supplies

The second most important thing you are going to need for your new home is cleaning supplies. It is easy to get overwhelmed by all of the stuff you need for your home when it comes to keeping your home clean. Whether you have carpet or hard wood floor you need to get a broom, mop, floor cleaning products, and a vacuum. You also will need glass cleaner, bathtub/shower cleaner and toilet bowl cleaner. It also would be a smart idea to have a few sponges around the house for cleaning purposes and also a toilet bowl cleaner brush to make it even easier to clean your toilets in your home. When I moved into my new home cleaning supplies was something I overlooked entirely.

 

Washer and Dryer

The third most important thing you need in your new home if you don't have one is a washer and dryer. It can be a pain and extremely costly to have to take your clothes to a laundromat to clean them. Aside from being a pain and costly it is also very time consuming to go to a laundromat so why not just make your life easier by getting a washer and dryer. This way you can clean your clothes in the comfort of your own home and save money in the long run by doing it this way.

 

Kitchen Appliances

The fourth most important things you are going to need in your home is kitchen appliances. You can't really cook food or make your favorite dinners without an oven and/or a microwave. Other helpful kitchen appliances would be a crockpot, a dishwasher, coffee pot, and a waffle maker. These kitchen appliances make your life way easier not only when it comes to cooking but having a dishwasher will help you clean up all the dishes you have to clean by making it so you don't have to do them by hand but instead can just use your dishwasher.

 

Home Décor

Last but not least home décor is a very important thing to have for your home because without it your home might feel empty. The home décor I have in my home is what makes it feel like home to me and shows my personal style. I recommend you go find some wall décor, or Knick knacks that you personally love to decorate your house to fit your personal style and to make it feel even more like home every time you walk in the door from a long day of work.


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Prepare for Buying a New Home
Posted on Sun, 31 Mar 2019, 10:10:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  My services, etc.
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Buying a new home can take a lot of time and cause stress. The process is easier when you are prepared and have a good REALTOR®. Communication with your REALTOR® is important because the more you communicate the easier it will be for them to find the best home for your situation.Prepare for Buying a New Home

 

Steps to Purchasing a New Home

 

  1. Research Costs Not only will you have costs in the purchase of your home, but you will also have costs on a regular basis that relate to your home. Find out what tax, heating, and regular maintenance are for the homes that interest you. These costs could be large in certain areas and something you aren't willing to pay on a monthly or annual basis.

  2. Find Out If You Qualify to Finance Your Home Apply for a mortgage loan at a bank, credit union or other places that you do business. You will usually have to have a down payment and good credit for a mortgage loan. You should know how much you can borrow and how much you have saved for the down payment and other costs prior to making an offer on a house.

  3. Make an Offer on the Home You Want If you are using a REALTOR®, they will help you make an offer to the seller or seller's agent to purchase the home.

  4. Make Sure the Home Passes an Inspection! A home inspector will make a report that allows you to see the health of the home you want to purchase. The inspection will show you what needs to be replaced or repaired as well. You can put in your offer that it is contingent on the house passing inspection.

  5. Hire a Real Estate Lawyer You may want to hire a real estate lawyer to help you do a title search and look over contracts. Real estate lawyers can also help at the closing.

  6. Get the Results If your offer is accepted and the house passes inspection, finalize your finances and have necessary meetings to get everything completed.

  7. Get Ready to Move Prepare your move prior to the closing. Unless you have repairs to make, you may want to get ready to move before you go to closing on the home. Packing and hiring a moving company are the next steps to getting into your new home. If you have a lot of stuff, you may have to go through many things and pack to be ready for the keys. If you are purchasing furniture, have a list of things you want the day you close on your home.

  8. Closing Your closing is usually with your REALTOR® and real estate lawyer. The paperwork is done and signed, then you get your keys. If you want to do repairs or upgrade, have a list of things you want to do at the home, when it closes.

 

Following the steps to buy a new house and working with professionals will limit stress. The last step is enjoying the home you worked so hard to get!


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4 Reasons You Should Consider Downsizing Your Next Home
Posted on Fri, 15 Mar 2019, 10:00:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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If you have decided to downsize and purchase a smaller home, you could take advantage of the many benefits, from lower utility bills to less maintenance. Your decision to downsize could be due to work proximity, availability within a specific location, or various life events; regardless of the reason, a sales representative can help you find the perfect, smaller home. Although your family may need to readjust to the smaller living space, the reduced size could have a positive impact on your relationships and finances. Continue reading to learn about some benefits of downsizing when searching for your new home.4 Reasons You Should Consider Downsizing Your Next Home

 

Lower Utility Bills

Heating and cooling a large residential property can be costly for homeowners, but the utility bills for smaller homes are generally less expensive. In most homes, the heating and cooling systems are set for the entire house, meaning that even the rooms you are not occupying will still be heated or cooled, increasing the monthly costs. When speaking with a sales representative, ask her to find out the average utility costs for the smaller homes you are interested in purchasing. You and your spouse can go over the bills to see just how much your family could save. The money you save can be used on home improvements, shopping, for traveling expenses, or you can place the funds in a banking account for future needs.

 

Less Maintenance

Fewer rooms in the home mean less repairs and upgrades that need to be made. You could reduce the costs of tools and various supplies, and trim the bills when hiring professional maintenance companies to come in and clean the home or make necessary repairs. In addition to less square footage, the yard will likely be smaller and not require as much maintenance. Depending on the size of the yard, you may enjoy cutting the grass, gardening, and doing other landscaping adventures in the smaller home, as opposed to being intimated by the larger yards associated with bigger properties.

 

More Bonding

Smaller homes can create a more intimate environment for families, strengthening their relationships along the way. The bedrooms in a smaller home will likely be closer, in comparison to the floor plans in a larger house. As a result, you can go in and out of your children’s rooms without climbing a lot of stairs, or walking long distances down the hall. Instead of looking at a smaller home as cramped or lacking privacy, your family can look forward to the new living space keeping you all more organized and creating a closer living environment.

 

Reduce Decorating Costs

The more rooms you have to fill in your home, the more expensive the costs of furniture and appliances will be. Although you don’t have to fill every room in the house, many homeowners prefer decorated rooms, as opposed to empty spaces. Downsizing allows you to prioritize what you need and what you can live without in the new space. You no longer have to purchase decorations and electronics for rooms that you rarely use. Instead of bringing a lot of items from your current home, you can pitch the unused objects and avoid taking clutter to your new place, getting a fresh start.

 

Moving into a smaller home could be the perfect choice for you and your family. Many of the benefits you have in a large house will still apply to a smaller property, such as privacy, the freedom to decorate the exterior and interior of the home, and a sense of community. Be sure to speak with an experienced sales representative who can explain all the benefits and help your family decide if downsizing is the best option!


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Homes for Older Canadians
Posted on Thu, 28 Feb 2019, 10:35:00 AM  in My services
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Canadians are living longer according to Statistics Canada and staying active and wanting to remain in their homes longer as well. There are several important features to consider in selecting a home for yourself as you grow older or for older family members. Choosing the right home means seniors will be able to age comfortably in place rather than having to uproot themselves and find a new senior-friendly home.Homes for Older Canadians

 

Location and Community

As seniors may need increasing amounts of medical care, proximity to a good hospital and a selection of primary care providers and specialists is crucial. Being close to shopping and entertainment is also important as driving may become more difficult. Many senior or active adult communities offer various services on site that can help seniors continue to live independently.

 

Step-Free Access

Stairs can be problematic for many seniors. Choose a single story house to make navigation easier. Step-free access from the exterior, and especially an attached garage, can be important for safety, especially in winter.

 

Wheelchair and Walker Access

Seniors may end up requiring wheelchairs or walkers for mobility. Wide hallways and adequate turning spaces are expensive and difficult to add to older homes. Instead, look for these features already in place when buying a home. Even if you do not need them, they enhance the home's value by making it more accessible as well as giving it an open, airy feeling.

 

Accessible Washrooms

Comfort-height toilets surrounded by adequate space and grab bars are easier to use for seniors and people with disabilities. An accessible walk-in shower or tub with grab bars, a wand rather than fixed shower head, and a non-slip surface enhances the safety of a home.

 

Doors

Doors should have adequate clearance and width for wheelchair access. Rather than door knobs, one should choose levers that can be easily grasped and opened by those with limited mobility or grip strength.

 

Lighting

Bright non-glare lighting can reduce falling hazards. Light switches should be placed where they can be easily reached by people using wheelchairs. Switches should be clearly visible and easy to operate, with lit rocker and button switches being especially elder-friendly.

 

Smart Technology

Smart home technology allows people to control many appliances from their phones. For seniors, the ability to program thermostats, lock and unlock doors, and turn off and on lights with their phones or remote controls can make daily living much easier. Homes can also be equipped with motion and fall detectors that can automatically alert care givers or emergency services.

 

Kitchen Safety

All kitchens should be equipped with working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. Microwaves and eye-level ovens or counter-top toaster ovens may be easier for seniors to use than ovens that require bending. Strong task lighting for work surfaces can also enhance safety.

 

Accessibility Features Add Value

Even if you may not currently need accessibility features, you should consider investing in them. They make your home more hospitable for friends and family members who may have limited mobility. If you have an accident or illness or simply develop some mobility limitations as you grow older, it is much more convenient and less expensive to have accessibility features in place than to have to invest in moving or extensive home modifications. Finally, a senior-friendly home appeals to a growing segment of potential buyers, making accessibility features a good investment.


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4 Reasons Homeowners Should Use Professional Moving Companies
Posted on Fri, 15 Feb 2019, 10:30:00 AM  in My services
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Purchasing a new home can be a great adventure for families, but it can also be stressful and chaotic. Deciding how you will move your personal belongings may seem simple, but it can be a difficult decision to make. Getting help from family and friends is always an option, but paying for professional movers could make things less stressful. Continue reading to discover why using a professional moving company is often the best choice for homeowners.4 Reasons Homeowners Should Use Professional Moving Companies

 

Could Save you Money

Packing up some of your clothes and taking them to the new house is inexpensive, but when it comes to larger household items, you may have to spend more money on moving supplies and actual movers. Transporting furniture and large boxes in your vehicle may be impossible, so you will need to rent a truck, which can get expensive. When you hire a professional moving company, they will have the supplies that you need, down to boxes, bubble wrap, tape, and a fleet of trucks to choose from, all in different sizes. Using professional movers can save you money and prevent your items from being damaged due to inadequate space in the car, or poor loading and unloading habits.

 

Meet Deadline

If time is a factor, you want to go with the quickest and safest option. Some of the reasons why you may need to move within a quick turnaround include relocating for school, work, and health needs. In these instances, you will need to hire a professional moving company that can step in and keep you on schedule. Hiring movers allow you to handle other essential matters, such as school enrollment, utility transfers, work, and other more. With a tight schedule, you may not have the time to pack up your personal belongings, but moving companies typically offer packing services that fit most budgets.

 

Distance

The distance between your new home and your current house will often play a part when choosing between professional movers or doing the transporting on your own. Moving on the same street is not a big move, and you could enlist the help of others to accomplish your goals. However, moving to another state or town could require more supplies and assistance, so you will need to hire a professional moving company. In some cases, you may need to use a shipping company, especially if you are moving across the country.

 

Protect Belongings Against Theft and Damage

The moving company you choose should insure their drivers and your personal property. Homeowner’s insurance policies could also cover your items as they are moved from one house to another. The limitations often depend on the category of your property, in addition to other factors. When a professional moving company is transporting your belongings to the new home, those items will need to be replaced or repaired if lost, stolen, or damaged. Check with the moving company and your homeowner’s insurance provider to find out what is covered when it pertains to transporting your furniture, clothing, appliances, and other personal belongings.

 

Before you purchase a new home, you will need to consider all of the factors, including your budget for different issues and necessities, such as moving. Ultimately, the decision to move your belongings or hire professional movers will depend on how many things you have to transport, the distance of your move, and your budget. One thing to consider is moving as much as you can on your own, and leave the larger and more expensive items to the professionals. Ask family and friends for referrals, or consult with a sales representative to find the best moving company in your area.


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When is the Best Time to Begin Renovating Your Home?
Posted on Thu, 31 Jan 2019, 04:35:00 PM  in Home selling tips,  My services, etc.
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Have you thought about renovating your home for a possible sale? Even if you don't have any immediate plans to vacate your home, you may still wish to get it into better shape. If this is the case, you may wonder just when is the right time to begin a new course of home repair jobs. The answer will depend on a wide number of circumstances, some of which will be discussed below.When is the Best Time to Begin Renovating Your Home

 

If You're Planning to Sell Your Home, Start Renovations Now

If you are planning on moving to a new location within the next six months or year, it's a good idea to start looking around your home to spot the areas that will need repairs. You don't have to blow your entire budget on these renovations, most of which will likely be minor ones. You can start with a few small jobs, most likely in your kitchen and bathroom.

 

For example, if the wallpaper in your kitchen is faded and crumbling, it's an obvious repair that needs to happen. Likewise, if the tiles need a bit of cleaning or even replacing, this is a job that can be done quickly without having to spend a great deal of time or money. If you don't have the time or the physical ability to handle this job by yourself, you may be able to hire a cleaning service to do it for you.

 

Many times, the kitchen is the one place that doesn't quite match with the décor featured in the rest of the house. A quick paint job ought to reconcile this lack of coordination. And if the sinks or faucets in this area aren't in the best shape, you can quickly switch them out for new ones. Once again, these are repairs that are minor at best but will make a good impression on a potential buyer.

 

What Other Areas of Your Home May Need Renovation?

 

Of course, your course of renovations won't end here. There are other areas of your home that need to be whipped into selling shape. Once you have finished with your kitchen, it's a good idea to move on into the bathroom. Here you will find other areas, such as faucets, sinks, and tiles, that may well need a bit of renovation.

 

The key here, as with everywhere in your home, is to remember that you don't need to spend more than you think you can recoup from the sale of the property. Keeping this in mind will help you spend sensibly rather than in extravagant fashion.

 

Once Your Home is Ready, How Soon Can You Put it on the Market?

 

If you have completed a full course of home renovations, your thoughts will naturally turn to putting it up for sale on the market. Now the question becomes one of just how soon you can sell it. If you list it with a professional real estate service in your area, your time on the market will be considerably shorter than if you try to handle the sale by yourself using the "For Sale By Owner" approach.

 

It's an excellent idea to start your course of repairs about three to six months before you plan to put your home up for sale. This way, you can count on all of these renovations being complete before you open up your doors to potential buyers. With everything in perfect shape, you can now count on being able to wow visitors and demand a price that will be an excellent return on your initial investment.


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What To Look For When Buying A Home For Your Family
Posted on Tue, 15 Jan 2019, 04:30:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  My services, etc.
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 There are many things to consider when moving your family into a new home. You want to be sure it is comfortable and spacious, but you also want to make sure it appeals to several lifestyles. The following guide gives you an idea of what to look for when buying a home for your family.What To Look For When Buying A Home For Your Family

 

Neighbourhood

It is important to check out the neighbourhood before settling on a home for your family. You want to make sure it is safe enough for everyone, but you also want to get an idea of your potential neighbours. Do they prefer a quiet community, or do they enjoy playing loud music in the evening? You also want to look into the school district for your children, and do not forget to check out the shopping, dining and business districts around the area.

 

Layout

The layout of your home is another thing to consider when moving with your family. If you have small children, you may prefer an open layout to keep an eye on them. A traditional layout may be a better choice for an older family who needs privacy. You should also keep your bedrooms and bathrooms in mind. Do you want the master bedroom close to the nursery? Are you looking for a home with at least two bathrooms? The layout should be comfortable enough for the whole family.

 

Number of Floors

You also need to keep the number of floors and staircases in mind when buying a new home. If you are moving with small children or an elderly relative, you may prefer a one-floor home without any stairs. Are you moving with older, active children? You may feel more comfortable living in a two-story home with a finished basement.

 

Amenities

The amenities are very important when choosing a home that fits several lifestyles. A parent who loves to cook may enjoy a professional kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and a finished basement can be used as a play area for children. You may need ample storage for your outdoor gear and seasonal decor. If your family enjoys entertaining, consider a home with a breakfast nook and kitchen island, separate dining room or enclosed patio.

 

Outdoors

There are several things to consider when checking out the exterior of your potential home. Start by making sure the front yard and backyard are both easy to maintain, especially if you have a busy schedule. You may want a yard with enough space for an in-ground pool, outdoor kitchen or garden oasis. Are you planning to put together a playground for your children? You need a backyard that is level and strong enough for the equipment.

 

Parking Options

Do not forget to check out the parking options, especially if you are carrying an infant or helping an elderly relative. You want to make sure there is a safe, secure spot in front of your home. It is even better to find a home with a garage, carport or designated parking. This way, you know you always have a spot close to your front door.

 

Opportunity For Additions

Your family may still be growing and changing, so you want to make sure you have the opportunity to change your home as needed. You may want to upgrade the bathroom, build a greenhouse in the yard or extend your home with another room. It is important to check into local regulations to ensure you can make the changes before you settle on a home.

 

If you are not sure what else to look for when buying a home for your family, be sure to talk to your REALTOR® about your options.


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