By December 30, 2012

5 Important Checks To Remember When Buying Your Dream Home

Buying a home can be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. It takes a lot of hard work to make it go through. You have to spend lots of money and the paperwork is a nuisance. Once it’s bought you need to pack up your entire life and move it into your new home. After a while you eventually settle in and everything goes back to normal, but that’s only if you get it right. Choose the wrong house and the stress gets a lot worse, plus you’re stuck somewhere you don’t want to live.

Not many people go through the whole process of buying a home somewhere and turning it into a lovely new home before they decide it’s not right for them, but it does happen. That’s why you need to think really carefully about what you want right down to the specific details. Sometimes you’ll be shown a few homes and will instantly fall in love with one of them. The last thing you want to do is jump right in with both feet. Make sure you answer all of these questions before signing anything.

Know the location

Even if your new home was going to be the nicest one ever built by a home builder you wouldn’t want to buy it if it happened to be in the roughest neighborhood on the planet. You would have to wear a bulletproof vest to walk to the shops and a helmet to get into your car every morning. Maybe you think that’s a bit extreme, but if your new home is next to a drug den you won’t want to leave the house because of the strange people walking about at all times of the night.

Can it be made bigger?

One day you might wake up and realize your home isn’t big enough. Perhaps you have more children and need an extra room, or you might just fancy having a spare room to use as a gym. It’s going to be very hard if the house can’t be made bigger. Check the attic, basement, and garage to see if those could eventually be turned into rooms and check around the perimeter of the house to see if an extension could be build onto the side.

Insect infestations

You should find out whether it has an insect problem before you decide to buy. Should you need to get an exterminator it could end up costing you thousands of dollars before you’ve even unpacked. It could also be another problem with an animal that’s a lot bigger than an insect. The easiest way to deal with this is to look for another house which isn’t overrun by horrible eight-legged creatures.

The overall style

You will probably have plans about what your dream home looks like. You could want an en-suite bathroom in the master bedroom, or possibly a dining room that backs onto the kitchen. When you look at houses and some don’t have these features you need to ask yourself whether they are right. Somewhere down the line you might want that bathroom of your own and it won’t be possible unless you move house.

Plumbing and electricity

This is something else that could cost you plenty of money when something goes wrong and it’s the most annoying thing in the world. You really have no idea who done the previous work and you can’t trust it to be fine. It’s a mistake that’s cost others in the past. Get someone in to look over everything and don’t care that it costs you a little money. In the long run it could be money well spent.

Nelson White is a property evaluation executive with Farquharson Realty Brokerage Ltd a sought after company for buying and selling homes in Stouffville. Nelson also contributes articles and blog posts for company website.

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