Home Buying Guide: Search
for a House
When you begin
your search, remember to compare each property according to your
standards and your priorities as determined in your wish list. By
investing time and thought in choosing your property, you can find
a home with the most functional fit for your lifestyle.
Click here to download a Home Requirements Checklist.
will give you a list of properties for sale that fit your requirements
and he or she will setup appointments to view houses. Let your Realtor know
about any properties you find in your search as he or she has access
to the complete information and can provide greater detail on a
property for sale.
While you are
visiting various homes for sale it's a good idea to make notes about
each house you're seriously considering so you can remember the
details about a property.
at a house you need to consider several factors:
Condition - Examine the condition of the siding, roof, gutters,
paint, chimneys, windows, decks and patios. Fixing up the exterior
of a house, especially adding a new roof, can be expensive.
- Is it large enough? What's the condition of the bathroom(s)
and kitchen? What kind of flooring is under the carpet? Do the
rooms and hallways have sufficient lighting? Is there enough storage?
- Uneven floors and large cracks can indicate problems. Examine
the outside of the house and see if there is any visible sinking.
- Find out the age of the heating, plumbing and electrical systems.
Consider if you will have to update any of these systems.
Efficiency - Check to see if the house is insulated and whether
the windows are single or double paned. Older houses with no insulation
and single-pane windows have greater heating costs.
- Check for leaks, cracks, water stains and mold in the basement.
They could indicate poor outside drainage. Make sure there is
adequate drainage around the house.
- Turn on the taps or flush the toilet to make sure there is high
- Ask whether there have been problems with insects or rodents.
Is there evidence of damage?
- Look at the condition of the houses in the neighbourhood. Ask
whether there are noise problems or unruly neighbours. How close
is the property to schools, community centres, shopping and other
- Ask your Realtor about the zoning for the property? Are there
any restrictive covenants or easements?