House hunting hints
You have established your budget. You have been pre-approved for a mortgage.
You have contacted a Real Estate Professional to assist you with the purchase
of a home. Now the fun, and evaluation begins. You will probably be looking
at a few homes before you decide on the perfect one for your family. Before
you decide to purchase that home you have absolutely fallen in love with,
be sure to be objective in your decision. On appearance alone, the fireplace,
the new flooring, paint job and new carpeting create a warm and inviting feeling.
Yet, is the home really that perfect? Take a deep breath. Take some time to
think about the bigger picture of the home in terms of your needs. Carefully
consider whether this home offers the features that will last beyond the first
impression. Here are some essential factors to consider:
Location is a significant factor in
your choice of home. An established community, with a good reputation, a low
crime rate and well-maintained homes, maintains home values. A garbage dump,
industrious buildings disposing bad odours and major freeways surrounding
your neighborhood are unattractive and disruptive to a peaceful lifestyle.
Also consider availability and cost of access to public
transportation, major roads and highways.
Also consider the condition of public
areas such as streets, sidewalks, parks and recreational facilities.
Public services should also
be established including street cleaning, snow removal, garbage collection,
and emergency services.
You will also want efficient access to medical
services including hospitals, doctors and dentists.
Be sure that schools and related school
services are also within easy access.
shopping and entertainment needs
should also be considered.