Buying a home, securing a mortgage, arranging the move...there are some major tasks that need to take place when buying a home. Here is a helpful checklist to consider when embarking on your new purchase:
- Check zoning, building regulations and municipal plans for the area. They may affect any plans you may have for additions or renovations.
- Estimate the resale potential of the house. This is an important consideration, especially if you may need to relocate again soon.
- Drive through the area and evaluate the level of essential services. Check transportation and shopping facilities. Look at the proximity and types of schools in the area.
- Carefully examine all aspects of the house's construction, including plumbing, wiring and foundation walls. Bring along an expert if you feel unable to assess these properly. We have seen more and more clients exercising a house inspection company to look at the home in detail. Ask your Realtor for the name of a reputable firm. Costs vary but are in the $300. range and the inspection provides a level of comfort which can be well worth the cost.
- Try to determine what repairs you may be faced with over the coming years. Check the condition of the roof, capacity of electrical services, age of furnace and driveway paving. If you think your space needs may change, look for renovation potential - size of lot, exposure, room layout and so on.