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Finding the Home That's Right for You

Before you start searching for a home to buy, you need to think about affordable price and your housing needs both now and in the future. It is a good idea to try to find a home that meets your price range and most of your needs for the next five to ten years.

Make sure your location is appropriate. Take the following things into consideration: where you want to live (town location or out-of-town location), where you work and how easy is to commute, where your children will attend school and how they will get there, how safe is community, whether you need recreational facilities
nearby (like playgrounds, parks, walking areas etc.), how close you would like to be to family and friends.

When thinking about the home you wont, consider if you want resale home (also called a previously owned home), new home or you prefer building your own home.

Resale homes are usually located in an established neighborhood with easy access to schools and services like shopping malls, restaurants and other services. They may have extras like finished basements, fences, swimming pools, fireplaces, landscaping, etc. You don't have to pay GST/HST unless the house has been renovated substantially, and then the taxes are applied as it were a new house. With resale homes you may need to redecorate, renovate or do major repairs such as replacing the roof or windows and doors. An older home is usually less energy efficient than new home.

New homes are up-to-date and have latest building codes/standards applied. You will have option to upgrade or choose certain items such as flooring, siding, electrical fixtures, cabinets, plumbing, etc. New homes have lower maintenance costs because everything is new and many items are covered by a warranty. Builder warranty is usually available this can be important if a mayor system such as heating or plumbing is breaking down. Keep in mind that a new home is only as good as its builder. Investigate the builders reputation and check if any lawsuits have been failed against the builder.

Many people prefer the challenge and flexibility of building their own home. That way homeowners can get exactly what they want in terms of location, size, design, quality of materials used, level of energy efficiency, landscape, etc. On other hand, you should expect to invest lots of time and energy in building your own home.