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Prepare For Your Move With Your Moving Checklist
Posted on Sun, 30 Jun 2019, 09:55:00 AM  in My services
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You have worked with your REALTORŪ to find the home of your dreams, and now it is time to start planning your move. The moving process can be overwhelming because there are so many tasks, but you can reduce the stress by creating a moving checklist.

 

Eight Weeks Before Your MovePrepare For Your Move With Your Moving Checklist

 

Hire Your Movers

 

You should start researching movers at least eight weeks before the move. This way, you have time to obtain quotes and book your movers.

 

Obtain School Records

 

If you have children, be sure to obtain their school records and transcripts. You want to be prepared when it is time to enroll them in a school.

 

Six Weeks Before Your Move

 

Gather Your Supplies

 

You want to gather your moving supplies six weeks before the move, as this gives you enough time to ensure you have everything you need. The last thing you want to do is run to the store for more supplies at the last minute.

 

Pack The Items You Use Less

 

Start packing seasonal items such as clothes and decor. You should also seal and label the boxes as you pack them. This gives you less to do when it is time to pack the rest of your house.

 

Create An Inventory List

 

Create an inventory list to help you keep track of your items. You also want to keep the inventory list with you for insurance purposes.

 

Four Weeks Before Your Move

 

Obtain Important Documents

 

Take some time to obtain all the documents for everyone moving with you. This includes health records, birth certificates, passports, social security cards and voter cards.

 

Switch Your Services

 

Start shopping around for cable, internet and other services in your new neighbourhood. Schedule the cancellation of your old services and installation of your new services.

 

Two Weeks Before Your Move

 

Change of Address

 

Fill out a change-of-address form at your local post office, and be sure to have your mail forwarded to your new address. Ask a close neighbour to check for mail even after you have moved, and check in with them often to find out if any mail arrived.

 

Transfer Your Utilities

 

Two weeks before the move, transfer utilities such as water, electric and natural gas. You want to have everything set up in your new home by moving day.

 

Week of Your Move

 

Redirect or Cancel Deliveries

 

If you have any scheduled deliveries, be sure to redirect them to your new address. You may also be able to cancel them and place another order after you move into your new home.

 

Empty Equipment and Machines

 

Empty the oil and gas from certain equipment and machines, such as your heater, grill, lawn mower and snow blower.

 

Night Before The Move

 

Unplug Refrigerator and Freezer

 

Unplug and defrost your refrigerator and freezer the night before moving day. You can lay a towel in front of your appliances to catch possible leaks.

 

Pack Items For The First Week

 

Everyone should pack a box or bag to get them through the first week in their new home. The items may include medication, toiletries and several outfits.

 

Moving Day

 

Withdraw Cash

 

Head to the bank to withdraw cash for tipping your movers. You may also want to withdraw cash for pit stops during the drive to your new home.

 

Last Walk-Through

 

Do one last walk-through to ensure you are not leaving anything behind. Be sure to lock the doors and windows before hitting the road to your new home.

 

There are many tasks to take care of during the moving process, but a moving checklist can help you stay on track and get everything done.


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Renovating Your Home is the Solution for a Summer Sale
Posted on Sat, 15 Jun 2019, 09:40:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  My services, etc.
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The summer season is upon us and it's time to sell your home. Whether you're striking out for the coast or simply moving down the road, one thing is clear. You've got to make sure that you get the highest possible profit from the sale of your property. What steps can you take to ensure that you get your money's worth and more?

As it turns out, one of the very best things you can do to increase the value of your home is also one of the simplest. A few quick and easy renovations will add a considerable percentage of profit to your final sale price. We're about to prove to you why this is a course of action that comes highly recommended by industry experts.

 

Your Lawn Needs to Make the Best Possible Impression on a VisitorRenovating Your Home is the Solution for a Summer Sale

It should go without saying that your lawn needs to look good. This is the first thing that a potential buyer will see as they step out of their car. Even before they enter your home, they'll be making snap judgments as to the size, quality, and general appearance of your front yard.

Make sure that your lawn is freshly mowed and trimmed. If there are any bare or patchy areas, get them taken care of. A clean, healthy green lawn is a definite plus that will add considerable appeal to your property. And the fact that you have obviously taken the time to keep your front lawn in presentable shape is a good omen that bodes well for their impression of the rest of your house.

 

A Few Simple Kitchen Repairs Will Put Money in Your Pocket

You don't need to even think about spending a million bucks on your next course of home renovations. You may not even need to break a hundred dollar bill. If your kitchen paint is getting a bit dull or the wallpaper is out of fashion, replace it. A quick and easy paint job will do wonders to brighten up the place.

How are the fixtures looking? Has that same fridge been there since the 1990s? It may be time to replace it with a newer model. Failing that, you can at least give the sinks and faucets a nice shine. Get rid of rusty taps that are missing their tops. And if the tile is musty, grout it up all nice and neat. These are simple weekend jobs that will do wonders for the look of your kitchen and are bound to add to its appeal.

 

Make Sure Your Bathroom is in the Very Best Possible Condition

Another area that may need a bit of attention will be your bathroom. This is an area that a potential customer will definitely want to be sure about before they commit to the purchase of your home. Replace that torn and frayed shower curtain and redo the paint on the walls. If the tiles need work, get it done. If the taps in the sink and the shower itself need replacing, spend a few bucks on this simple task.

 

These are all quick and easy repairs that probably won't add up to more than a hundred dollars in total. This just proves our point that you don't need to break your budget to make your home look neat, clean, and eminently sell-able. The sooner you embark on this simple course of home renovations, the sooner you will be able to sell your home for a tidy profit. The time for you to get started is now.


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How to Spot a Great Space for a Library When Searching for Your New Home
Posted on Fri, 31 May 2019, 03:00:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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Creating a space for a library in a home is a new trend that is taking off in many areas. While books have always been around, most homes don't tend to have built-in libraries. Finding a home with a good space for a library will allow you to use some creativity and custom make your own area for books and relaxing.How to Spot a Great Space for a Library When Searching for Your New Home

 

A Wall of Books

Turning a whole wall into bookshelves is part of the current trends. If you find a place with tall ceilings, this is a dramatic way to integrate your love for books into your daily living. Custom shelving can be traditional or a little different than the standard shelves and match your other furnishings.

 

A Window in the Middle

A wall that has a window in the middle is a perfect area for a reading nook. A bed with a cushion and storage can have shelves built around it and framing it. This creates a sunny space that is great for lounging or sleeping. Building around the window is a good way to keep maximum sunlight in your room and have fresh air on those hot evenings.

 

Thinking Outside the House

A library shed or yurt for reading is a great way to give kids space and keep them interested in books. You can line short walls with small bookshelves and use beanbags for seating. If there is space for a loft, this can be a great area for bedtime stories and guests. Adults enjoy these backyard spaces because they are like an office outside of the home or an additional room.

 

The Dining Room

If you find an older place with a large dining room, using the wall space to add bookshelves can help give your dining room a unique appeal. You also have the benefit of a large study area with a table when you are not serving meals.

 

Unfinished Areas

If there is an unfinished basement or attic in the home you are viewing as a possible buyer, these are spaces that you can completely customize. Turn these areas into the perfect library for your books and add a desk and some seating. These larger areas can look like grand libraries with all of the walls lined with books. Create unique seating around windows and the natural curves in the architecture.

While large spaces are ideal, you can also convert smaller spaces into a cute library that works well for one. Under the stairs, a closet, a narrow loft, and a wide hallway are spaces that you can create a small but personalized library area.

If you have a large collection of books or want to start collecting books, try to envision using spaces in the homes you visit to display your books. You may have to hire a furniture builder, contractor, or build custom shelving to convert spaces into exactly what you want.

 

Using different materials for shelves can change the look of a library into something unique and bring your personality into your own space. Using metal, bamboo, different colours, and unique textures will create an area that guests will admire.


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How to Enjoy a Garden Year-Round!
Posted on Wed, 15 May 2019, 02:55:00 PM  in Marketing strategies,  My services, etc.
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If you are looking for a new home in Canada, but you can't find one with garden space, consider growing your garden inside. Not only will this give you the benefits of homegrown food year-round, but you will be able to maintain your plants easier when they aren't out in the elements. Whether you want to build a greenhouse off of your kitchen or turn a balcony into a garden, there are plenty of ways to produce vegetables and herb without the traditional raised beds in a yard.How to Enjoy a Garden Year-Round

 

A Kitchen Garden

While they are smaller, kitchen gardens are stylish and great for one or two people. You can create a potted garden on a rack with grow lights or a garden in a large bay window. Herbs and smaller vegetables are great for kitchen gardens. They grow all year and transform your kitchen into a space that looks fresh.

 

A Walk-Out Basement

If you are considering an indoor garden, looking for a home with a basement will give you the space to grow a large garden. You can hang grow lights and turn it into a garden that produced a lot of food. Choose plants that do well in containers and make a sketch of what you'd like your basement to look like with mature plants. Some smaller fruit trees even do well potted and in an indoor environment.

 

An Extra Room

If you are looking for garden space indoors, a spare room may give you the space to grow all year. A variety of potted plants and stands can give the space the feel of a greenhouse.

 

Small Spaces

If your space is small, consider integrating your garden into your home decor. Hanging your plants off of a garment rack or using shelving on your walls can transform your home into a bright area that creates fresh food.

 

Using carts for your planters or to gather potted plants on makes it easy to move them from room to room. You can even push your carts to the outdoors once the weather is perfect for growing.

 

Shoe holders that hang over the bedroom door are great for herbs and small plants. Hang one on a wall and put small potted plants in each of the pockets. You'll be amazed at how a standard shoe storage item can transform into a miniature wall garden.

 

You can utilize any space you have to be creative and find a spot that holds a planter or pots. While you may have to get creative and build some things that hold your plant, you will have a unique space that let people know exactly what you enjoy.

 

Get Some Advice

 

If you are interested in indoor gardening in Canada, don't hesitate to have a conversation with your REALTORŪ when you are looking at potential homes. They may be able to give you advice on the spaces that would work well for your garden in each home you visit.

 

Indoor gardening is just as much fun as outdoor gardening. Having fresh food all year and a great reminder of spring and summer during the cold winter months are perfect reasons to create an indoor garden space for your enjoyment.


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Helpful Hints When Planning to Buy A New Home
Posted on Tue, 30 Apr 2019, 10:40:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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When you start browsing the market for new homes for the first time, it is vital for you to prepare for the process. This means taking the time to not only research your available home options, but also prepare for any potential contingencies that you may encounter. If you are interested in entering the market for the first time, it can be a good idea for you to plan ahead according to your needs. Think about some of these tips, and see how they can help you plan.

 

Pay Off Your Debt

One of the most important things for you to do to get started is to pay off all of your debt. Owning a house is often described as one of the most expensive experiences in a person's life, and knowing that you will have monthly house payments to pay on top of your existing debt may cause problems for you in the future. Add on maintenance and potential upkeep costs, and you may find yourself struggling. Do all of the math as early as possible before shopping.

In addition to paying off your debt, consider building up an emergency fund as well. The emergency fund should consist of roughly three to six months of planned expenses. This type of fund is vital because it can provide you with a degree of comfort against potential issues that may arise. With the fund, you will know that you are covered in the event of an emergency, and any number of things may happen during the home ownership process.

 

Determine Your Actual House Expenses

It can be easy to fall in love with a house and not know how to proceed. In order to plan ahead as best as you can, it can be a good idea to sit down and determine how much you can actually afford for your home. Check your monthly budgets and how much money you have saved up. Make sure that you plan for the long-term as far ahead as you can, as there are numerous additional monthly housing costs that you may not be aware of. These include things such as HOA fees, insurance, taxes, and more.

Speak with a professional to learn more about your options. One rule of thumb is to think about how much you bring home a month and focus a quarter of that towards monthly house payments. If you do not have many other payments that you make, you may actually consider expanding on this number. Every individual's situation is unique, so be sure to plan accordingly.

 

Save for Down Payments and Closing Costs

It can be difficult to plan for your down payment, but always strive to have at least 20 percent of the home's payment covered as a down payment. This will not only help you with your loan from the bank, but it can also allow you to cover a significant portion of the home's costs in the first place. This will allow you to plan for your monthly payments in a much more efficient way.

Planning for closing costs can be tricky as well. This is particularly difficult for first-time homeowners because you need to plan for at least three to four percent of the home's final price. Closing costs will entail a number of different considerations. You will need to have an appraisal done, a home inspection, and a credit report.

 

Though all of these things may seem difficult to keep track of, it can be easy with the help of a realtor. A capable professional will be able to keep you focused and help you transition from one step of the buying process to the next.

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Eight Ideas for Using Your Backyard During the Summer
Posted on Mon, 15 Apr 2019, 10:40:00 AM  in My services
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After enduring a long winter in Canada, it is time to enjoy your home and its lawns throughout the spring and the summer. You can spend more time at your home enjoying the beautiful weather rather than traveling to local parks or going away on a vacation. Use these ideas to have fun at home throughout the summer.Eight Ideas for Using Your Backyard During the Summer

 

Build a Deck

Adding a deck to your home makes it easier to have a place for resting after work or for entertaining outside. You can build a deck on your own, or alternatively, you can hire an expert. With a deck, you will have a place for outdoor furniture such as chaises or picnic tables along with having a place for a barbecue grill to cook meals outside. If you have lights and an outdoor heater on your patio, then you can use the space during the evening.

 

Plant a Garden

Planting a garden is a great way to have fresh vegetables or herbs for your meals, and you can also grow flowers that will add beauty to your lawns. Working in a garden is a relaxing activity that can soothe your mind after a busy day at work, but it is also a physical activity that exercises your muscles and helps you to lose weight.

 

Play Areas for Children or Grandchildren

If you have children or grandchildren, then create fun play areas for them in your backyard. You can have swing sets, monkey bars or playhouses so that children can play outside safely to get more exercise and fresh air. Don’t forget to build a sandbox under a tree where your children can build castles from the sand.

 

Create a Bird Sanctuary

The population of wild birds is declining, but you can create a bird sanctuary in your backyard to help these creatures survive and thrive. Having birdhouses is a great way to attract robins, blue jays or cardinals to your backyard, but you should also have feeders that hold birdseed or other foods for the birds.

 

Add a Swimming Pool

Adding a swimming pool to your backyard is easy when you use a ready-made pool that is delivered to your home. These swimming pools are available in different sizes or shapes, and you can add ladders or decks to the items for more enjoyment.

 

Play Croquet on the Weekends

Croquet is an easy game to play outside, and it is suitable for every age group. Look for the mallets, wooden balls and wickets at a store that offers sporting goods. The goal of this game is to hit the wooden balls with the mallets through the wickets that are scattered throughout the lawns of your home.

 

Do You Have a Fire Pit?

When you have a fire pit at your home, you can sit around it outside to cook foods on sticks such as hot dogs or marshmallows. When it is a cooler spring evening, the fire from the pit will provide warmth while you talk to your friends.

 

Buy a Hammock

If you love reading books, then you can buy a hammock to hang from the trees in your backyard. When you don’t have trees that are strong enough to support a hammock, you can use a special metal stand or posts to hold the item. With a hammock, you can enjoy a nap outside, or you can bring your stack of library books outside to read the items all day.


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Preparing Your House For Sale
Posted on Sun, 31 Mar 2019, 10:50:00 AM  in Home selling tips
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As the snow melts, the Canadian real estate market starts to warm up as well. If you are thinking about selling your house, there are some simple steps you can take to make your home more appealing to potential buyers. A house that has immediate visual appeal and is move-in ready will sell faster and for more money than one which is shabby or needs work. Although the amount of work involved may seem daunting, especially if you are juggling getting one house ready to sell while hunting for a new home, you can make the process of preparing a house for sale manageable by breaking it into several small steps.Preparing Your House For Sale

 

Yard, Driveway, and Sidewalks

You only get one chance to make a good first impression. The first thing a potential buyer sees is a house exterior. If winter is lingering, make an extra effort to clear snow from sidewalks and driveways, using a plant-safe snow melt product to keep pavement snow and ice free. For the rest of the year, keep lawns mowed and edges trimmed and remove dead leaves. A few evergreen shrubs will add color and interest to a house year round. Although you don't need to invest in expensive custom landscaping, your yard should look neat and clean and plants should be healthy. Pressure wash your driveway to make it look its best.

 

House Exterior

An inviting exterior will persuade buyers to look inside a house rather than just driving past. Make sure gutters, roofing, and trim are in good shape. Pressure washing will make even older exterior paint look fresh. Clean the windows to make them sparkle. Refurbishing or replacing an older front door is an investment that normally pays back over 75 percent of its cost in terms of added home value.

 

Maintenance

If you have lived in a home for a few years, you probably have a backlog of small maintenance tasks such as scratches in the floor, a sticking door, a small gash in drywall from an accident, or a dripping faucet. Fix as many things as you can before you put a house on the market, as a long list of minor repair issues can discourage many buyers.

 

Declutter and Depersonalize

What makes your house a home is all the unique personal touches you have added to it over the years. Buyers, though, need to imagine the house as their own home with their own possessions and personal touches. This means that when you show your house, it should be as close as possible to a blank canvas onto which buyers can project their own dreams and ideas. To do this, you should remove as much clutter as possible. Counter tops and other surfaces should be clear and personal mementos such as family photos stored out of sight. Consider removing side tables or other unneeded furniture to make rooms look larger.

 

Clean Obsessively

Buyers will look everywhere, including in cabinets and closets. That means that you need to clean everything and everywhere. Faucets and doorknobs should shine, corners be free of dust and cobwebs, and bathrooms immaculate. If you smoke or have pets, consider using an ionizer or odor absorbing crystals. Don't use air fresheners that attempt to mask odors with heavy perfumes as many people don't like the way they smell.


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Choosing a Townhouse or a Detached House
Posted on Fri, 15 Mar 2019, 10:45:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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One of the first decisions you need to make as a home buyer is whether a townhouse or detached house is the right choice for you. No one type of property is ideal for everyone. Instead, before you make your decision, you should think carefully about what type of home will best fit your lifestyle. Both townhouses and detached houses are available in a wide range of styles and prices, but the ownership experiences can be quite different. The sections below describe some of the major differences between townhouses and detached houses.Choosing a Townhouse or a Detached House

 

Homeowners Associations and Covenants

Townhouses are part of a community, usually with a homeowners association and various rules and regulations. If you own a townhouse you may need to pay HOA fees and follow various community guidelines. Even if you are not part of a planned community, you may still need to share decisions with the neighbors with whom you share walls. Often HOA rules restrict the color you can paint your house, landscaping, whether you can park RVs in your driveway, and other choices. Some single family homes also are part of communities with HOAs but other are not. Although HOAs often maintain various amenities and sponsor events for residents, some people may find HOAs intrusive.

 

Size

Although you can find small detached houses and large townhouses, in general, townhouses tend to be slightly smaller. Also, if you need more room, you can often enlarge a detached house but not a townhouse. If you have or plan to have a large family, with several children and perhaps parents as well all living under one roof, a detached house may be a better choice. On the other hand, a single person or couple without children or with only one or two children may prefer a townhouse.

 

Yards and Outdoor Spaces

Townhouses tend to have small, low-maintenance yards. If you hate yard work and just want a small patio where you can enjoy an occasional summer evening, a townhouse is a good fit for your lifestyle. If you enjoy gardening, have children or pets who like to play outdoors, or like to host outdoor parties such as backyard barbecues, the larger yards of detached houses might be a better fit.

 

Privacy

When you live in a townhouse, you share one or two walls with neighbors. This means that a townhouse will be somewhat less private than a detached house. It also means that your neighbors' lifestyles are more important for townhouse buyers. While townhouses in retirement communities tend to offer peace and quiet, if you are near a university, your neighbors might be a group of four or five students who enjoy late night parties.

 

Maintenance

If you own a detached single family house, you are responsible for every aspect of maintaining your home. You need to deal with snow removal, driveway repairs, roofing, landscaping, and exterior painting. You usually need to arrange to garbage service as well. If you choose a townhouse, many of the exterior maintenance tasks are covered by your homeowners association.

 

Choosing for Your Lifestyle

Some people will be equally happy in townhouses or detached houses. If you want a large yard, have a big family, or value complete privacy, a detached house may be a better choice. If you want a low maintenance house, are single or have a small family, or want the most house for your money, a townhouse may be a better fit for your lifestyle.


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Canadian Real Estate Trends for 2019
Posted on Thu, 28 Feb 2019, 11:15:00 AM  in My services
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As the weather warms up across Canada, the real estate market heats up as well. As you consider buying or selling a home, it's important to stay up to date with the key annual real estate trends. A few of the major trends in store for 2019 are described below.Canadian Real Estate Trends for 2019

 

Market Softening

With higher interest rates and tighter lending criteria, the real estate market should be well balanced between buyers and sellers, with limited supply in many markets balancing increased cost of financing. Although a hard price crash is unlikely, the extremely high valuations of the past decade are not sustainable over the long term. The Canadian Real Estate Association predicts a slight rebound in home sales and prices, but high household debt and high home prices relative to income remain long term concerns.

 

Remote Working

As more people work remotely either full time or occasionally and self-employment and entrepreneurship are increasingly popular, houses need to function as work places as well as living spaces. This makes home offices or flexible spaces such as lofts increasingly attractive features for buyers. Availability of high speed internet and plenty of outlets and adequate amperage for charging multiple electronic devices are essential.

 

Smart Homes

With the growth of the "internet of things" and smart home technology, many devices can now be controlled remotely from owners' phones or by voice commands. The increasing popularity of this technology means that the most attractive properties will be ones with the appropriate technological infrastructure in place.

 

Sales Technology

Technology is an important selling tool. Buyers expect property listings to include such elements as drone photography and virtual tours. A new trend is letting potential buyers explore homes remotely using virtual reality headsets. Rather than traipsing from home to home with a real estate agent, a buyer might narrow home choices remotely and only pay a single visit to a property before committing to buying.

 

Changing Demographics

Canadian demographics are changing. Rather than home buying being dominated by families with children looking for larger homes in the suburbs, buyers may include smaller families, blended families, single people, childless couples, and downsizing older people. Buyers demand a greater range of lifestyle amenities and character in homes rather than just a big house in the suburbs with a yard.

 

Aging in Place

The trend of boomers wanting to age in place affects the real estate market. As well as downsizing, older buyers may be looking for adaptive features such as walk-in showers or tubs, grab bars, wider corridors, rocker switches, and lever rather than knob style door handles. Active adult communities offering services to help with aging in place are popular.

 

Environmental Awareness

Canadians are not just concerned about global warming but factor in environmental impacts to their buying decisions. Well insulated, energy efficient homes are popular as are use of environmentally friendly materials such as bamboo flooring. In some areas of Canada, solar panels can reduce electricity usage, as can tankless water heaters and other efficient and smart appliances. According to Natural Resources Canada, homes with high efficiency appliances and good insulation are cost effective, comfortable, and attractive to buyers.


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4 Ways to Simplify the House-Hunting Process
Posted on Fri, 15 Feb 2019, 11:10:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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Buying a home is often viewed as intimidating and time-consuming. The truth is that the search for a new home can go smoothly if the process is well-planned and thought out. Always do your homework before going on the hunt for a new home, and remember to have a little fun. Below are some tips that you can use to make the process less complicated.4 Ways to Simplify the House-Hunting Process

 

Get Conditional Approval for a Mortgage Loan

Conditional loan approval means that the lender agreed to process the loan after reviewing your application, financial records, and other supporting documents. However, there may be certain conditions the credit is subjected to, such as the actual appraisal and verification of your assets.

Getting pre-approved for a loan allows you to search for homes within your budget, instead of focusing on properties that are priced too high. When you search for houses that are within your pre-approved price range, finalizing your loan application could go a little faster and more efficiently, opposed to starting the house-hunting process without being pre-qualified for a mortgage loan.

 

Do the Research

One of the most important decisions you will make in your life is purchasing a new home, so you want to put in the time and effort to make the best investment possible. Develop a list of what matters to you the most, in terms of a new home, and start researching based on your preferences.

Researching also includes going to visit the property in-person. Pictures can be staged, but touring the property allows you to get a good look. Once you envision yourself living in the home, you should also tour the neighbourhood. Take a look at how active the community is by visiting local businesses and listening to what residents have to say.

Do not slack on the researching aspect of the house-hunt. Doing so could prevent you from making a smart choice for your family.

 

Be Realistic

Buyers may not get every feature they are looking for, but they can come close. You will need to determine what you must have, and what your family can give up. For instance, if a specific location is a must-have for your family, as well as a swimming pool, you can compromise by searching for homes in the area that have a community pool. You may not get the pool in your back yard, but you still have swimming options in the neighbourhood of your choice.

 

Work with a Sales Representative

There are so many things you can do on your own, but choosing to work with an experienced sales representative could simplify the house-hunting process. She will know what to search for once you have given her a list of preferred locations, amenities, square footage, and other essential factors. Sales representatives also have access to databases and listings that buyers may not, giving you more of a variety.

When it pertains to negotiating a reasonable price, as well as repairs, a sales representative will make sure you get the best deal possible. You can ask family and friends to recommend a qualified sales representative, or you can join online forums to see who other buyers are suggesting.

 

There is no wrong or right way to begin the hunt for a new home, but there are steps that can make the process more enjoyable and less chaotic. Buyers should always determine what they are searching for and what will be the best choice for their family. Planning will make the house hunting process smoother, and a little faster!


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RE/MAX Garden City Realty Inc., Brokerage
64 Main Street West, Grimsby ON L3M 1R6
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