Looking for a new home can be an exhilarating experience, however, knowing what to watch for can make the process a little easier. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are looking for a home in Saskatoon.
1. Location, Location, Location
A basic tenet of real estate is that location matters. Not only should you consider where the property is in proximity to workplaces, schools and parks, but make note of the condition of the neighbourhood, any safety concerns and noise from nearby pets, airports or busy streets. The best way to gather information about the location is to talk to your potential new neighbours and gauge their attitudes and reactions to your questions.
2. Curb Appeal
Aesthetics can be just as important as functionality. The exterior of your new home should reflect your personality and lifestyle, both now and in the future. An extravagant home that stands out may be appropriate for some people, whereas, others may tend to lean towards something simpler and less formal in appearance. Everyone has their own personal taste, so choose one that suits you.
3. Size Matters
The size and makeup of the home’s floor plan must mesh with the needs of your lifestyle and the realities of your budget. While a larger property provides abundant room, it also comes with increased heating bills, higher taxes and more area to populate with furniture and decorations. Make sure the financial requirements of this extra space have been factored into your budget.
4. Bed, Bath and Beyond
Prior to visiting prospective new homes, determine how many bedrooms and bathrooms you require and rule out any properties that do not fit your criteria. Take an in-depth look at the bathroom – if possible, test the water pressure and plumbing systems by running faucets and flushing toilets. While you are poking around the bedrooms and bathrooms, do not be afraid to check out the closets and cabinets to assess the amount of storage space relative to your needs. Make sure to look everywhere while shopping for a home.
5. Kitchen Priorities
As the heart of the home, your kitchen must check all the boxes on your list before you make an offer. An affordable makeover of countertops and cabinet faces is one thing, but major kitchen renovations and remodeling are not cheap. Be sure that you do not settle for a kitchen that is not going to work for you and your lifestyle. Appliances are not as much of a concern because they can be replaced more easily.
6. Windows and Lighting
If you enjoy the beauty of natural light, you will be best served by a home featuring large windows that allow plenty of sunshine. At the same time, you want to ensure your privacy. So, have a peek out the windows and try to determine what can and cannot be seen from the outside. Sub-par indoor lighting can be improved, but it represents an added cost and an extra headache you may not want.
7. Attic and Basement
Although they are often overlooked, attics and basements can tell the story of the whole house. Bring a flashlight to examine the attic for moldy wood and animal droppings. You will also want to thoroughly investigate the basement for any hidden signs of water damage. You do not want to get stuck with damage caused by someone else that needs to be repaired no matter how good the rest of the property looks.
Your Realty Executives real estate agent has the experience to point out even more factors to keep an eye out for. Contact us today to speak with a licensed Realtor.
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