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8 Things You Need To Be Aware Of Before Buying A Property

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Blog by Ray Smiley | April 2nd, 2015

Buying a house is not the most difficult thing in the world, yet in order to be satisfied with your decision for years to come, it would be wise not to rush this real estate transaction. House buyers need to properly assess their needs and preferences as well as their budget and then look for houses for sale. If you are thinking of buying a property in the near future, here are several things you need to be aware of before signing the buying contract.

Know exactly how many rooms you want/need

This is an important aspect. If you are living alone and you don’t really think that you are going to establish a family anytime soon then maybe a property with fewer rooms is more suitable for you. On the other hand, if you are moving with your spouse, make sure that you know exactly how many rooms you need. For example, if you plan on having kids, your children might want to have their own rooms, so a larger property can be more accommodating in this case.

Know exactly how many bathrooms you want/need

Similarly, the number of bathrooms is another important aspect to be discussed with your spouse before buying a house. Obviously, a house with more bathrooms is more luxurious and comfortable, but it might be a little bit on the pricey side. Still, if you can afford this and you want the best for your family members then go for it.

Know the size of the garage

If you have a car, you definitely should be interested about the size of the garage when you are buying a brand new property. Well, if you plan on getting a motorcycle in the future or deposit your collection of tools, woodworking equipments, and so on then you should go for a house with a more spacious garage. Also, make sure that the garage is well-insulated too, otherwise you are going to pay a fortune on the energy bill in the long run.

Know if you want entertainment options like a pool, patio, barbecue deck, etc

By assessing your needs, preferences, and lifestyle before buying a property, you will know exactly what you want and make a brilliant decision. For example, if you love foods on barbecue then you definitely would like a property which already features a barbecue deck. Similarly, if you want to have fun with your kids in the pool during the warm months of the year then look for a house which already features a decently-sized fiberglass or concrete pool. As a result, your future house will already be equipped with the things you like the most and you don’t have to waste time installing a pool, barbecue deck or patio on your own.

Know the crime rate in the area

Luckily, if you want to purchase a house in Ottawa, Canada then you might be happy to know that the crime rate in this city is not that high. Still, before signing the buying contract, make sure that you get more information about the criminal activity in that particular neighborhood. This is especially important if you have kids. At the end of the day, all of us want to live in a safe and comfortable property, so it is a good idea to take crime rate into account before buying.

Know if the neighbors are noisy

You might not know this if you haven’t lived there for a while, but you can find out. For example, if you have set your eyes upon a particular property, you can ask the owner about the neighbors and find out if they are noisy or stressful. Similarly, you can pass near your future property a couple of times a day and pay attention to what you hear. If you cannot hear a Harley-Davidson engine noise early on in the morning or the sound of power cutting tools then probably that particular neighborhood is quiet and peaceful.

Know if there are schools or kindergartens in close proximity to your house

If you are going to establish a family in the capital city of Canada then it is a good idea to move in a house which is already situated close to schools and/or kindergartens. As a result, your kids will be able to arrive home from school much earlier and you don’t have to drive too much taking them to school every day.

Know if your house is close to bus stations and/or subway stations

Lastly, there might be days when you cannot drive your kids to school. In this case, it would be perfect if they have a bus/subway station close to home, so that they can arrive to school on time.

Feel free to contact us if you are looking for a home for sale in Ottawa. We have a lot of experience in this field and our real estate services are tailored to your needs.