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Summer is in full swing here in Toronto, but the end is near. The Canadian National Exhibition has ended and the back to school sales are happening everywhere. As we move into the fall season, I figured it would be a good time to pass on some tested and tried tips on choosing a home you will love for years to come.

 

Moving to a new home is a huge step, however it doesn’t have to be too life-altering. To begin, you have to ask yourself some important questions which include: What kind of life do you and your family want to live there? Do you want to be near your workplace, the kids' schools, shops, parks and hospitals? Or do you want peace and quiet?

 

Have a conversation with your family, and give everyone an opportunity to share whats important to them, and make sure you take their opinions into consideration when making the decision. It’s crucial to come up with a win-win decision that the whole family is happy with.

 

The next tip is to always do a bit of surveillance on the areas and homes you are interested in. The most logical place to start is the internet, as you can see a lot of homes in a fraction of the time you'd spend making actual home visits. However, always remember that photos can be a bit deceiving. So your best bet is to narrow down the choices and visit the homes you like most. There's nothing like seeing a home firsthand.

 

The most logical and important tip is to always hire a realtor. You may think its easier to find a home on your own – but with it being such a huge transaction its good to have an expert on your side to guide you through the process. Licensed realtors must disclose to you all the facts about the home you want to buy, negotiate the best price and deal for you, and help you with the legalities and other transactional details that come with buying a home. A good agent will help you discern all your “wants” and “needs,” and may uncover those you didn’t know you had!

 

If you are looking for a new home this fall, I encourage you to use these tips!

 

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