Sustainable housing and real estate in Kitchener-Waterloo Region

How to buy a great home.
January 13, 2009, 2:56 am
Filed under: Buying, Rebecca Sargent | Tags: ,

You want to buy a great house, but what do you look for? After figuring out what you can afford, you should begin to think about what you really need and want in a new home.

Do you want to be in the heart of the city, the suburbs or in the country? What type of neighborhood are you looking for? What features do you absolutely need in a home? What features would you like to have? How many bedrooms do you need?  Is a big property important to you? Think of the spaces you will need or want to live your life. Do you need spaces for entertaining? A home office? A workshop? A garage?

Decide on a top five criteria that are important to you. Remember. It might not be possible to find a home with every feature you are looking for, but this will help you focus your search so that you can find the best home for your needs.

There are many factors to consider when selecting a new neighborhood. If possible, you should first scout the area in person- You live in more than just your house!

– Talk to people who live there- go for a walk through the neighborhood, check out the local shops and services.

– Drive through the area at different times of the day, during the week, and on weekends. This will help to eliminate any suprises.

– Look carefully at how well other homes in the area are being maintained; are they painted, are the yards cared for, etc.

– Consider things like access to major highways, city centres, transit, shopping, etc.

– Listen for noise created by roads, commerce, railways, public areas, schools, etc.

– How far will you be from work? Drive or take the commute and check it out!


Once your list of needs and wants is made, it is time to begin searching for properties.


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