You’ve thought about where you want to live and in what style of home. You’ve done your research and you’ve interviewed a few REALTORS and the person you have picked has set you up on a search that is emailing you all the prospective homes as they come onto the market.
You’ve got your list down to 4 or 5 possible listings and now you’re ready to book some showings and have a look at the inside. Your sales representative will help map out a route and book the showings according to a schedule that will give you enough time in each one.
What do you look for once you’re inside?
I like to print out a copy of the MLS listing and put it on a clipboard with a pen for my Buyer clients. That way they can walk through the home using the details of the listing as a guide to each room and the features of the home. They can make notes about what they like or don’t like, the condition of things like flooring, paint colour, odour. There are even more detailed things to make note of, too. Things like what type of wiring does the home have, how do the outlets look, and what type of heating does the home have. Are you looking at an older home with knob and tube wiring and electric baseboard heaters? Or is it a newer or updated home with forced air natural gas and 100 amp breakers?
How do the windows look? Are they wooden with mould visible? Or have they recently been replaced with vinyl casement windows? These are all good reasons to ask for a home inspection if you decide to make an offer on a home. The home inspector will look at all of the heating and cooling systems, plumbing, age of the roof and condition of the basement. Remember, the older the home, the greater the need to enlist the help of a qualified home inspector to look out for your best interests.