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The Single Personís Guide To Buying A Home
Posted on Sat, 20 May 2017, 02:45:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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The Single Person’s Guide To Buying A Home

You know plenty of people that wait to buy a home until they have multiple roommates, a boyfriend or girlfriend, or a spouse to split all of the bills with. So naturally you may be a little bit skeptical or cautious as a single person looking to buy your own Canadian dream home.

If you are single and looking to purchase a home of your very own, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Get Serious Advice From A Trained Sales Representative

The Single Person’s Guide To Buying A HomeGetting professional advice from a sales representative may be one of the most important things you can do as you prepare to buy yourself a home. You can talk to these individuals about anything that is related to buying your home including: budget, timelines, contracts, and even mortgages. These individuals should be open and honest with you as you talk to them. Remember, they want to get paid for helping you so they should be working pretty hard to lock you in as a client.

Get Pre-Approved For A Mortgage

If you are a first time homebuyer, you should be looking to get pre-approved for a mortgage. Depending on your age, your credit history, and a few personal details you could be looking at a lengthy process for getting pre-approved for this mortgage. If you have made an offer on the home and cannot deliver because you are waiting for your mortgage to get approved, then you may miss out if the owner chooses to sell it to the next best bidder. Don’t miss out for a silly little mistake like this.

Make A Plan For Your Money

You should be making serious plans for your money before you decide how much you can afford to spend on a house. Make sure that you know your take-home salary per month and what bills you are obligated to pay regardless of whether your own a home or not. Once you know these bills, start estimating bills like mortgage payments and utility bills. If you need a little help for making your budget, then you can talk to sales representatives, family members, and even the internet.

Make Sure You Have Emergency Money Set Aside

One of the biggest mistakes that homebuyers make, especially single and inexperienced homebuyers, is not setting aside money for emergencies before putting the down payment on a house. You need to make sure that you have enough money to cover the replacement of a furnace, a water leak, or a car disaster at a moment’s notice. This is especially important if you are the only person accountable and financially responsible for these repairs.

Practicality Always Beats Fashion

Be careful that you do not go out and purchase a bunch of items that you cannot use or could be perceived as frivolous. You do not need the vintage wine crate if you do not even drink alcohol. You do not need every appliance that man has ever created just because they are novelty- yes, the hotdog can be cooked in the same pan you use to fry your eggs in the morning.

Take Home Advice

You do not have to be worried about buying a home if you are a single person. Plenty of people in Canada enjoy being the single owner of a home that they have all to themselves. Hopefully the tips above will be helpful for you, the single person buying a beautiful Canadian home.


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Statement Pieces For Your New Home
Posted on Mon, 15 May 2017, 02:40:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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Statement Pieces For Your New Home

Buying a new Canadian home is a big deal and you deserve every right to celebrate your incredible accomplishment. Whether this is your first Canadian home or your last you are sure to be on the search for the perfect statement piece or pieces that make this home unique from all of your others.

Here are just a few ideas for statement pieces you can buy as well as places you can put them to maximize their full potential:

Bed Or Bed Set Fit For Royalty

Statement Pieces For Your New HomeThe staple for any grand new Canadian home is a bed or bed set fit for royalty. This could be a large king sized bed with a canopy and draping. It could be a captain’s bed with shelves, storage, and matching night stands. It could even be a metal frame with intricate detailing that means a lot to you. Even though this statement piece isn’t out in the open like a piece for the living room or yard, it is a statement piece that is strategically placed for your enjoyment nonetheless.

Counter Tops To Die For

Have you ever walked into a house and simply admired the features of a room that you did not know would be the focal point but are? Kitchen counters tend to fall into this category of being completely unappreciated until they are absolutely beautiful. For you this may mean that you are using the most expensive material with real gold flakes or an intricate marble counter with unique colors. It could mean just about anything depending on what your values are and what you are looking for. One thing is for certain though. If your counters are beautiful they are considered to be a statement piece as well as any other piece of pottery or furniture.

Clawfoot Tub For Elegance

Clawfoot tubs used to be in many homes many decades ago. They were a symbol of elegance, sophistication, maturity, and in many instances financial advantage. In the 21st century these clawfoot tubs are becoming less and less common as tub and shower combination units are cheaper and more functional for the average family. By these standards you could purchase any clawfoot tub that you would like and choose to make that the focal point of a large bathroom and known that you are making a statement just by having the tub. You will definitely receive bonus points if you are able to buy an elaborate and well-made clawfoot tub with history or personality.

Fountain To Attract Nature’s Finest

Fountains are the perfect statement pieces for yards. They range in size, color, and material to fit any theme and any size yard. They are functional tools that help to relax you and provide your small animals with a place to rest or drink. A fountain is the sort of statement that not only wows humans but animals as well.

Fireplace Sure To Warm Hearts

Canada has its fair shares of cold nights, windy afternoons, and all-day snowstorms. This weather helps to give Canada part of its charm and unique wildlife. You as a warm-blooded individual will probably tend to favor the warm invitation of a cozy fireplace to the cool invitation of a rainy night’s walk. If this is you, then consider investing in a high-quality fireplace with grand detailing and a beautiful ledge to hang pictures and prizes possessions. The perfect fireplace will make one of the grandest statements that you could have ever asked for in a statement piece.


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Should You Sell Your Home Or Remodel It?
Posted on Wed, 10 May 2017, 02:30:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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Should You Sell Your Home Or Remodel It?

Many people decide that they would like a new home or would like their current home to feel new. This could be a spur-of-the-moment decision or a decision that has taken quite a bit of thought. Whatever the case may be, homeowners are left wondering if they should sell their current homes and buy a new home or if they should put their resources and efforts into remodeling the home that they currently own.

Consider the following questions if you are trying to decide between selling your home and remodeling your home.

Are You Looking To Customize Either Way?

Should You Sell Your Home Or Remodel It?If you are looking for green marble countertops, an indoor pool, and a stone fireplace no matter what decision you are going to make, then consider what your options may be. You can look to see what is available, but it is likely that no home will have all of the customizations that you would like to have. It may be worth it to sell your current home and buy a new one if you can find a home that has most of what you are looking for. You may be better off just remodeling your current home if no such home exists on the current market.

Do You Have The Finances To Support Your Decision?

You will be able to spend more on a home remodel than you would likely be able to spend on a new home unless the home you choose to buy sells for less than you are selling your current home for. It is important to calculate your finances and decide how much money you have to work with before making the final decision.

Are There Homes Available Near You That You Are Interested In?

Are you looking for that “new home” feel without having to uproot your children from school, change doctors, and get a new job? If these are limiting factors for you, than it may be wise to consider checking out the houses that are currently on the market near you. Your decision will be easily made if there are no great alternatives to the home you are currently living in. If you do manage to find a home that you would like to move into, consider the pros and cons of the process of selling your home and buying the new one.

Are You Looking To Move Across the Country Or To A New Country?

The decision will not be a hard one if your desire truly is to move across the country or into a new country. Unless you have a mobile home you will likely have a hard time moving your home to the new location. This will mean that you ultimately have to buy a new home and should start looking through the homes on the market.

Have You Considered The Other Individuals That Will Be Affected By This Decision?

You have to consider the feelings, opinions, and concerns of those living in the home with you before you make your decision final. If you would really like to move a great distance away and buy a new home, but your significant other or children are tied to the city or province that you currently reside in, then you may have to put that dream of moving on hold. Remodeling the home will also inconvenience the family members living in your home and could even prove dangerous for young children and infants. The decision to sell or to remodel is an important decision that will have an impact on everyone living in the home.


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Home Decorating And Interior Tips That Will Make Your House Fly Off The Market In A Flash
Posted on Sun, 30 Apr 2017, 12:45:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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Selling a home in Canada can be a difficult process depending on which factors are in your control and which are not. You cannot control that you have a small yard or only 2 bedrooms in the house, for example. Other areas of the process are within your control and have a much bigger impact on the sale than you may otherwise believe. Let us explore just a few interior and home decorating ideas that could help to sell your house in a flash.

Home Decorating And Interior Tips That Will Make Your House Fly Off The Market In A Flash

Consider The Paint Colors You Use In Which Rooms

This may come as a no-brainer, but many people make the mistake of using the wrong colors in the wrong rooms. Bedrooms with a lot of lighting can have darker colors, but this is the only area of the home that should have dark colors like blues, reds, and purples. The bathroom should always be the lightest and cleanest-looking room in the house. You cannot go wrong with white, off-white, and very pale greens, blues, yellows, and oranges. Kitchens should be warm and inviting while still maintaining a bright appearance. Opt for peach and yellow tones in the kitchen that mimic sunrise and sunset color palettes. The living room can have bright or medium-toned shades in virtually any color. Never go too dark in the living room if at all possible. You also want this room to look inviting.

Match The Tone Colors In The Wooden Elements Of Your Home

You may think that you can get away with the trim on the floor being a dark brown and your cupboards being a medium dark pine color. This is a big no-no. Keep the shades of the wooden elements in your rooms as similar as possible. You do not have to keep all room’s wooden elements to be similar to other rooms, but if possible consider this. It makes your house seem seamless and well put together.

Less Is Definitely More

When you are staging your home for a sale you should be avoiding clutter in as many ways as possible. There is a reason that the pages in a home decorating magazine are so attractive. You can see yourself adding any and all personal touches as a buyer. You see clean lines. Most importantly, you see the big and open space that each room has. It is a proven fact that those that see bigger rooms are more attracted to the space than the carpet and furniture that is used to accent them.

Make The Exterior Look Charming

Would you buy a home that looks plain and boring? Maybe, but you would definitely have a few ideas in mind to spice it up. You could ask your sales representative if they have ideas, but if not, then you could always go with simple themes. You could add a little metal start to the siding of your home. Maybe you like the idea of adding a simple windchime and flower garden in the windowsill. Make the home look like it is ready and inviting to any potential buyer. Stick with a simple and understated theme.

Take Home Advice

There are an unlimited number of ways you can decorate the inside and outside of your house so that it is attractive to potential buyers. Take liberties and follow your instincts. If you love the way your house looks, then the chances that someone else will love the house are also high.


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Mistakes That First Time Sellers Have When Selling Their House
Posted on Thu, 20 Apr 2017, 12:45:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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Selling your Canadian home can be quite the process, especially if this is the first home that you have ever attempted to sell. Here are a few mistakes that first time sellers often make.

Mistakes That First Time Sellers Have When Selling Their House

Setting Too High Or Too Low Of An Asking Price

Many first time sellers make the mistake of asking too much money for the home that they are trying to sell. Maybe they feel as though the house is worth more. Maybe they are trying to sell the house for what it was worth when they purchased it, but the market value has since gone down. There are quite a few cases in which this has happened and that is why it is so important to be flexible when dealing with an asking price. Less often, a seller will put their home for sale for a price that is much lower than what it is actually worth. This could also cause a lot of problems. For one, the buyer will be losing out on money that they should not have to have lost out on. Secondly, it could cause a lot of problems with potential buyers that are all struggling to beat each other out for the house.

Not Hiring A Sales Representative

If you are a first time seller, you likely have very little experience in buying and selling houses. If this is the case, then you should strongly consider hiring a professional sales representative to sell the house for you. These professional individuals have had years of experience and taken many tests to gain certifications and licences to buy and sell houses. They have gained a lot of personal service experience and will be able to give you the information and advice you need in order to make the sale a quick and easy transaction for you and everyone else that is involved.

Neglecting Necessary Repairs To The House

If you know that there are repairs that must be done on your house, then you should consider doing the repairs before you put the house up for sale. These repairs could potentially make or break the sale of your house, especially if the repairs are major repairs. Potential buyers will be far less inclined to purchase a house with a crumbling roof or dangerous driveway. If the electrical wiring in your house needs to be replaced, then consider doing this so that you don’t risk burning your house down. Every little detail could potentially make or break your sale.

Not Cleaning The House Prior To Showing

Having a cluttered or messy house can easily break any sale that would have otherwise been a sure deal. If your house is simply filthy with boxes, dust, and unnecessary clutter that is indirectly related to the moving process, then you can guarantee that potential buyers may be second guessing their health and or safety when viewing your house.

Emptying The House Prior To Showing

This problem is opposite the problem listed above. Having nothing in your house when you sell could be a major turn-off for potential buyers. They may not understand how each space is supposed to be utilized. These potential buyers will be able to see every tiny flaw in the house without being able to see themselves actually living in the house. You never want to give your potential buyers anything that would keep them from visualizing their lives in your home.


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Mistakes That First Time Buyers Have When Buying A House
Posted on Sat, 15 Apr 2017, 12:40:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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If you are currently looking to buy a house for the first time, keep an eye out for the common mistakes that many first time buyers make. The following are just a few of the most common and costly mistakes that many first time homebuyers make.

Mistakes That First Time Buyers Have When Buying A House

Not Really Knowing Your Budget

You may think that you have your housing budget completely figured out, but reconsider what you can actually afford. If you are a first time buyer you may be pretty young and still in the process of saving up money. This problem could be bigger, actually, if you are newly married or buying a house with another person. Luckily there are many different free calculators online that you can look for to help you figure out what you can actually afford.

Being Too Choosy

You deserve to have a home that is as perfect as it can be, but do not get bogged down in the small details. If you’re looking for a home with 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms, a basement, a large modern kitchen, and a newly landscaped yard with a pond, then you may never find it. Maybe you have found a house that meets most of the criteria above but has a wooded lot instead of a landscaped plot with a river. Keep your options open and consider what you can change if you have to to make your house meet your needs.

Not Getting Pre-Approved For A Mortgage Loan

If you are a first time home buyer then you should consider getting pre-approved for a mortgage loan before you notify a sales representative that you are searching for a home. The process of getting approved for a mortgage loan can take a little bit of time depending on your credit, your job, and other various elements of your background. If you jump into buying a house before getting pre-approved, then you may not actually get the house, or you may not get approved for the loan.

Not Looking Past The Budget For Buying A House

Like earlier, figuring out what kind of money you need to make and save in order to afford a house can get a bit complicated. If you have figured out what you need to in order to buy the house, you may wish to consider that price just a little bit. You will also have to consider property taxes, insurance payments, and utilities. Don’t forget to factor in the “little things” when figuring out what you can afford.

Neglecting To Get The House Inspection Reports

Always get the inspection reports on the house you want to buy before you buy it. You never want to run the risk of the problems that could arise if the house has not been properly inspected. If no inspection reports exist from the seller, then ask the sales representative if it is possible to get the house inspected. At this point this cost should not come out of your pocket. If you buy and then get the house inspected, the costs will come out of your own pocket, and you may not be pleased with what you are paying.

Not Hiring A Sales Representative

It is never wise to walk into an open house and just start talking business with the seller and their sales representative without having a sales representative of your own. These individuals help to make moral and ethical decisions that leave both parties happy. If you aren’t able to get a sales representative before an open house, you may chat with the seller, but do not make an offer or promise to buy the house.


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5 Of The Most Fun and Functional Ways To Break In The New House
Posted on Mon, 10 Apr 2017, 12:40:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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Congratulations on moving into a new house. The opportunities that you have at your fingertips are absolutely endless. Enjoy these tips on how to break in your new house in functional ways.5 Of The Most Fun and Functional Ways To Break In The New House

Paint, Paint, Paint

If you moved into a new house, the likelihood that you moved into it because of the paint color is pretty low. Make the house your own by painting the rooms all of the colors that you enjoy and appreciate in each room. Let your kids choose the paint that they would like to have on their walls. Paint the kitchen a fresh new coat of your favorite bring and open color. Make sure the bathroom is looking its best with a fresh coat of a light pale color. Lastly, make sure that the family rooms, living rooms, and shared spaces are inviting and are a color that all members of the family enjoys.

Plant A Garden

If you are the type of person that loves to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, then you will love planting your own garden. You can plant anything from your favorite vegetables, to berries, and fruits that you and your family will enjoy for years to come. If you aren’t much into the food aspect and hate the idea of rotting vegetables and fruits lying on the ground, then consider planting flowers and useful pollinating plants to revive the honeybee population. You’ll get a beautiful few and known that you are doing your part in making the world a better place for everyone.

Have A Family Get Together To Celebrate

You have to test out the new appliances, living spaces, and comfort of the house in general, right? Why not break in the new place by holding a family get together. You can grill out in the backyard if it is warm enough, or you are brave enough. You can have a campfire or bonfire for friends and family to sit around and enjoy. You can hold a movie night if it’s cold, you are tired, or that is just what you really like to do. Cook a grand feast and fill your new house with all of the flavors that you and your family enjoy. Make this family get together as big or as small as you like, but make sure to break in the house while you’re at it.

Buy Something New For The House

The idea of making a brand new house your own can be simply transferring all of your items from the last house into the new house, but one of the most functional ways of making the new house all yours is adding something new that you didn’t have before but can use. You may, for example, want an inground swimming pool in the backyard, or inside the house if you have the space and funds to do so. Maybe you want a fireplace to warm up the house instead of the traditional heating that is currently running through the house. Whatever you do, make sure that this new item improves the quality of your life.

Do Some Landscaping

The landscaping project that you create for yourself doesn’t have to be a big one. Maybe you make a path out of stones to the garden in the back. Maybe you add a paved driveway up to the house. You can even simply add a bit of stonework around a few of the trees in the front yard just to dress it up. Make this your project.


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First Time Home Purchase Regrets
Posted on Fri, 31 Mar 2017, 02:35:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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Buying a new home is an exciting experience, but I have some regrets about my first purchasing experience. My husband and I bought our first home in Canada a few years ago. I was so excited to be able to decorate it. I had saved for two years before deciding to purchase our home to be able to buy new furnishings for home before we moved in. Unfortunately, I was unprepared for the closing costs associated with the purchase of a home.

If you plan to buy a home, don't have the same regrets as I, make sure to be prepared for any closing costs. I had to spend my furnishing money for the following mandatory closing costs that must be covered by the home buyer:

First Time Home Purchase Regrets

Land Transfer Tax

All provinces in Canada charge a land transfer tax. The tax is based on a percentage of the purchase price of the home. The percentage varies with each province, and it is important to note that some cities may also assess a municipal land transfer tax.

PST on CMHC Insurance

PST is provincial sales taxes, and CMHC is mortgage default insurance. Mortgage default insurance is sometimes required when purchasing a home for the first time. CMHC is typically financed with the mortgage of a house, but the PST must be paid in cash at closing.

Title Insurance

Title insurance is required for all home purchases and protects the mortgage company and the home buyer from any losses in the event of an ownership dispute. This insurance costs between $100-$300 and your lawyer or notary can purchase it for you.

Legal Fees

The minimum amount of legal fees is $500 for the recording and preparing of the closing documents.

These costs are the necessary closing costs covered by the home buyer, but other fees may apply to the procurement of a home. These costs may include:

Septic Tank

If the property has a septic tank, it is wise to have it tested to make sure it is in working order.

Water Tests

Many homes have wells to supply water. These wells should be tested to ensure quality and an ample supply is available.

Estoppel Certificate Fee

If your new home is a condominium or strata unit, you may be required to pay a certification fee.

Property Insurance

This insurance covers the cost of replacing the home and belongings inside the home. It should be in place before closing.

Reimbursement of Prepaid House Bills

Some bills, such as utilities and property taxes, are prepaid and these costs must be reimbursed to the seller.

It was horrible to find out that my saved money would have to cover these unexpected costs instead of my new furnishings. If I ever purchase another home, I will be much better prepared. I hope my regrets from my inexperience will benefit you in your next home purchase.


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What To Know About Putting Your Home Up For Sale
Posted on Mon, 20 Mar 2017, 02:35:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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Are you brand new to this whole selling a house thing? That is perfectly okay because many people do not move every month of their entire lives. If someone is experienced in moving you should really question why that is. For you, it is okay to be anxious and unsure. It is okay not to know everything you need to know in order to make a sale successful. If you had to know everything right away, then there wouldn’t be a need for real estate agents and moving companies.

Here are just a few of the questions you should ask when putting your Canadian home up for sale:

What To Know About Putting Your Home Up For Sale

Where Do I Begin?

Has the thought just recently entered your head? Have you wondered what it would be like selling your home, or do you have a need to sell your home and move for another reason? Do you have a job lined up? Do your children have schools that they can go to in the new location? Make sure that you are completely sure that you want to sell your house before you do so.

Do You Have Your New Life Lined Up First?

Do not move if you do not have your new life lined up first. There is nothing worse than selling your house with the intent to move into another home and then not having a place to go. You should always make sure that you have a plan. Make sure you have a new job that can support you while you move. Make sure that you are looking at houses that you could feasibly buy, or have a house lined up to buy before you move. This will make the process much easier to do.

Have You Let Go Of Your Emotional Connection?

You are going to want to make sure that you are ready to let go of any emotional connection you have to the house that you are now living in. You’re going to want to be able to walk away with no regrets and no doubts. When you put your house up for sale you need to be able to say “this is a house, it is no longer MY home”. If you cannot let go of the house emotionally, it probably will not sell within a reasonable amount of time.

Do I Know Of A Qualified Real Estate Agent?

You have a little bit of say in who you hire to sell your home. Take full advantage of that power. Hold interviews if you have to to figure out who would best be able to sell your home for you. Make sure that they have a personality you can work with as well as a resume that represents a good deal of their experience. Know what kind of relationship you are about to get into.

What Should I Do In My Spare Time During This Process?

It is common to be confused about what you are doing before you home sells. There is a lot of staging that can take place. A lot of cleaning that must be done. You will probably have quite a few professionals entering your house to do inspections and renovations if you have asked for them. If you really want your house to sell then you need to be completely prepared to feel like you are living a life with 50 new people for a while. These people only want the best for you.


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Are You Buying A New Canadian Home?
Posted on Wed, 15 Mar 2017, 02:30:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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This must be one of the most special times in your life. You are finally buying a new Canadian home to love in, to have memories in, and to cherish for the rest of your life. There are few things more exciting that establishing your new life in a brand new way.

This being said, you probably have a few different questions that you would like to address before you pull the plug, sign the papers, and pack the furniture. Here are just a few that you may be thinking and should definitely ask.Are You Buying A New Canadian Home?

How Old Is The New House?

Just because a house is new to you doesn’t mean that is is a brand new house. Maybe your house is an old victorian house that has been standing for over one hundred years. Maybe it was newly built last year and has only seen a few people passing through it. You deserve to know each and every little detail that surrounds this new purchase.

Buying a new home is less risky than buying an old home. Buying a new home means that there are all new appliances, new electrical lines, new foundation, new roof, new heater, and new features. Each and every one of these things is inspected when they are put into a new house to make sure that it poses the house no risk.

If you are buying an old home, you have to worry about anything that is old and outdated. Each old and outdated appliance, electrical line, water line, etc. must be checked to make sure that they do not pose a health risk to you or your family when you move in. There is nothing worse than not having the electrical lines checked and having the house burn down just because you left the bathroom light on at night. Make sure that you have these bases covered when you move in.

How Are The Neighbors?

Are you moving into a house that is next door to a sex offender? Do you know if the house across the street has a little girl about the same age as your daughter? Do you know why the house was sold? Was it because of the neighbors. Each and every one of these questions will run through your head at some point, so why not address them before you actually move in? Take a stroll around the neighborhood. Drive through the nearby town. Do you know what you are getting yourself into when you move? If you don’t feel comfortable walking through the area by yourself or with your family, then you probably should not be moving into the house. It will make you fearful for quite some time.

Do You Have The Necessities Set Up?

Are you moving because you just got a new job, or are you looking for a new job because you are moving? Make sure, whatever you do, that you will have some sort of income or money to live on when you move into the new home. You do not want to be kicked out right away because you took a gamble on your money.

By the same standards, do your children have a safe school to attend? You will want to make sure that your children feel comfortable with the idea of going to a new school. You will also want to look up the school ratings, meet the principle, and do a tour of the school before you officially enroll your children. Make sure you know what you are getting them into.


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