By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca
August 21, 2013 | © All rights reserved
House Hunting: At First Sight
House hunting can be exciting, yet stressful.
Don't sweat the small stuff, your first viewing of a home isn't the time to measure doorways or haggle over whether the chandelier stays or goes.
What should you as a buyer be focusing on?
How many square feet? How many bedrooms and bathrooms does it have and how big are they? Is the kitchen suitably sized for your lifestyle? Is there enough storage space for your needs? Is there room enough for you now and in the foreseeable future?
Does the home's layout work for you? Will it work for the near future? Do you entertain frequently and want an open-concept plan? Is there enough separation between bedrooms and more highly trafficked areas? Is the traffic configuration convenient? Are there any oddly shaped rooms?
Of course, a showing is no substitute for a home inspection, but you should use your first viewing to learn about the condition of the home. Look for obvious signs of water damage, pest infestations, problems with plumbing or electrical systems and structural issues.
How much repair and renovation would be needed immediately? In the future? What is the nature of needed repairs and renovations? If they're cosmetic, great! If not, you'll need to estimate costs and determine whether you can afford to purchase the home and do the necessary work.
Do you feel comfortable in the home? Is it easy to envision your family, furniture, and décor in this space? Can you imagine living your daily life in it? Can you picture doing so for years to come? Do you feel possessive and proud of it already?
If you have any house hunting questions or would like some information about the Toronto, Vaughan or Thornhill real estate market, feel free to contact me.
CONTACT ILAN NOW FOR A MORE PERSONALISED SEARCH EXPERIENCE!
Ilan Joseph is a Real Estate Broker with Sutton Group and is co-founder of a 10-person award-winning Toronto, Thornhill and Vaughan real estate team.
You can find him on LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Google+.
For over 12 years, Ilan has provided more than 1600 buyers and sellers valued advice and service, enabling them to reach their real estate goals. He’s kind of like the Bruce Willis of real estate.