What Every Buyer Needs to Know Before House Hunting

Before you begin your hunt for a new home, even if it’s online, we suggest that you do some important information gathering ahead of time so that the fruits of your labour will be more immediate and more satisfying.

The place that you will call “home” will be the result of understanding what your needs are now and into the future. Condo or loft living may be your chosen lifestyle if you don’t want to deal with much maintenance and have no outdoor living requirements.

If so, be sure and note that there will be added monthly housing costs via homeowners association fees. To give yourself or your family room to grow, a detached single-family home with ample outdoor spaces may head your list of criteria.

“What location is best?” Probably the most important part of your information gathering will be how you answer this question. The value of your new home will be influenced by its location, so you will need to analyze your needs regarding how and where you work and play.

The type and locale of a home will determine your overall cost of ownership. Will it be city life, country living, or nesting in the suburbs? Additionally, you will want to include the cost of home maintenance and commuting costs as part of your cost of living fact-finding.

Once you decide whether you are a candidate for a remodeling project or if a newer home better suits your way of life and patience, you will want to get prequalified for a loan that is tailored for the type and location of the home that works for you.

Please remember that we are here to make your information gathering easier so that the end result is a home that is a perfect fit for you and your family.

How a Coat of Paint Increases the Value of Your Home

Any improvement you make to your home should be done with the forethought of improving its value and increasing its appeal to prospective buyers. One of the least expensive ways to accomplish this is to grab a can of paint and a brush and get to work to create a positive first impression of your home.

According to canadianmortgagesinc.ca, painting the interior of a house can yield 75-100% return on investment (ROI) making it one of the top home improvements to make.

Selecting warm neutral colours can make buyers more easily visualize themselves living in your home. Colour choice will determine if an interior space appears larger and more spacious or smaller and cozier. Light tones can help increase the openness of a small space, while darker tones tend to create more intimacy.

Since buyers seem to home in on kitchens and bathrooms during the hunt for a new home, you will want to prioritize your painting to transform these two areas. The right colours and application will help define important spaces. Consider creating coloured accent wall areas to draw attention to any unique architectural features, such as alcoves, recesses, and soffits.

For exterior painting, focus on the true “first impression” of your home by selecting colours that will appeal to a wide array of buyers. If in doubt, give me a call or send me an email so I can share more helpful hints for increasing your home’s value and marketing success.