Tips for buying a home

Here are a few Tips and things to consider when looking for your first home.


  • Ask your banker to give you a pre-approved budget to work with.


  • Location - how far are schools/shopping and work from your home to make it convenient for the future? Also consider the location of recreational areas if you like to go there lots.
  • Neighbourhood - is it a mixed population, older or younger families? Older neighbourhoods often have a kind of community spirit. Ask some people in your future neighbourhood.
  • Traffic - How much traffic can you anticipate around your home, look in the morning and around 5 pm for traffic volume?

Home inspection - to do it yourself

  • Start at the exterior:

    • Watch for roof lines

    • Wear and tear

    • Shingle age

    • Paint

    • Windows overall

    • Door sagging

    • Concrete exposure

    • Resent dirt work

  • Interior main floor

    • Wear and tear overall

    • Sags in floor and or ceiling

    • Movement in floor

    • Paint cracks/Dry wall cracks

    • Windows

    • Mold on windows/doors 

    • Renovation marks

  • Kitchen

    • Check drawers for wear

    • Appliances for wear

    • Stain or calcium build up

    • Light/switches

    • Counter-top for wear

  • Overall
    • Check the overall light fixture condition
    • Damage on walls and/or walls

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