Whether you have already looked at over 50 different homes, or you are just setting out on your house hunting journey, there are a few key things to keep in mind when touring each property. Although your emotional reaction can be an important element (after all, buying a home is one of the most significant investments of your life!), you should try to check that at the door, at least for your first visit. Focusing on the following 5 elements at each home viewing will keep feelings at bay so you can objectively evaluate the property.
There is a reason realtors are known for touting location, location, location!? Your community is one of the most important factors in feeling ?at home in your house. This includes access to public amenities like parks, restaurants, services, and schools. Dont forget to consider your commute as well as your potential to make friends in the area.
2. The Innerworkings
The internal systems; furnace, air conditioning, hot water tank, etc. are major factors in the efficiency, comfort and overall function of the home. These are elements that could require an additional investment to replace or repair after the sale if they are not up to date or code.
The quality of materials used throughout the home should be in line with the asking price. Inspecting fine details like door frames, baseboards, and windows will ensure that you catch any areas where a builder could have cut corners.
4. Proof of past work
Ask your agent to inquire about past work done on the home renovations, additions, even new appliances. The previous owners should be able to present you with proof of any of these in the form of receipts, work orders, etc. Having a paper trail will a) ensure that work was done when stated, and b) that you are aware of any warranties for future repairs or replacements.
Roof and water damage are some of the costliest home repairs, so make sure to look up, way up at the ceilings in each room of the home in search of bubbles or any possible water damage. A?thorough home inspection?should also uncover any existing water damage in the home.
This entry was posted on May 21, 2016 by Jim and Iris
It is with great pleasure and appreciation for me to recommend the services of Jim Gardiner and the entire Gardiner Team. Jim’s awareness of community by-laws and market related activities extracted incremental value for us when we were finalizing the purchasing agreement.JB – Mirror Lake
Just want to tell you that you did a fine job for me on the cottage sale on Lake Muskoka. The sale has removed a huge load from my shoulders. Iris, just a note to thank you again. Money is in the bank!!!!!!BJ – Lake Muskoka
Just a short note to thank you for all of your time, and sharing of your extensive knowledge and expertise of “cottage country” in Muskoka. We’d strongly recommend you to anyone else considering the purchase of a property in Muskoka!J & T
The Gardiner Team was attentive to the things that I responded to during the first few showings and promised that they would find exactly what I was looking for. You know what? They were right. It worked out perfect. I just love it, I love the location, the cottage; I love everything.AT – Lake Muskoka (Quoted from Muskoka Showcase)
The vacation time is always too short. It is so nice here! Thank you for finding this great cottage for us!FW – Lake Muskoka