Beyond a house’s aesthetics and size, there are several important things to look for. Are there any unpleasant odours such as sewage or mildew? These odours can be signs of significant issues. How well insulated is the house? In climates with extreme winters and summers, proper insulation is necessary. Is the plumbing intact? Look for signs of leaks under sinks as well as on walls and ceilings.
Another factor to consider is the home’s roof. An old or damaged roof can cost a great deal to repair or replace, and the structural integrity of the property should also be carefully assessed. If any walls need to be shored up, for example, remediation measures can cost a small fortune, and the home may not be safe to stay in until repairs are done. With these factors and more to consider when buying a home, it’s beneficial to have an experienced realtor by your side. Our qualified agents will serve as a pair of trained eyes for you, watching for potential issues, both large and small. We will point out things you may overlook.
The Home Buying Process
It’s a good idea to start your search early. Become familiar with what’s available in your price range. Get to know the neighbourhoods and decide which ones appeal most to you and your family.
Get prequalified and pre-approved for a loan, as sellers tend to favour buyers who are pre-approved. With your real estate agent, visit as many homes as you can, comparing the condition, quality and features of each. Take your time, and be sure to evaluate each property in detail. After you make an offer and it’s accepted, get a home inspection, as this will uncover any potential issues that are not obvious. Meanwhile, work with a lender to secure a loan, and have the home appraised. Be sure to check with your realtor for any other details that need to be taken care of.
At The Diamond Real Estate Team, our agents work hard to find the right home for you. Put our expertise to work. We take a true team approach, carefully listening to your needs while applying our knowledge to finding your dream home.