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7 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Calgary Home

7 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Calgary Home

If you’re in the market to buy a Calgary home, you’ve probably started asking yourself a few key questions about ownership. Fortunately, the right type of questions will make home buying a breeze. Here are just a few central ideas you’ll want to explore as you track down your dream home.

1. How Much Room Do I Really Need?

For many people, the idea of a large home is appealing. After all, having a bit of space is a nice thing. You’ll be able walk around freely in your home without feeling cramped and can invite guests over for a backyard barbecue.

On the flip side, owning a smaller house can be a good thing. With everything you need, a smaller home will be less expensive and easier to maintain, meaning that your savings in terms of time and money will be exponentially greater. Ask any person who owns a manor house about the costs of keeping up a large property, and you’ll quickly find yourself dreaming about a smaller house!

2. What Does My Dream Home Look Like?

If you’re like many people, you’ve probably dreamed of a particular look you want your home to have. Perhaps you’re inspired by the look of cottages in the Scottish highlands or desire the perfect country farmhouse to refurnish. Maybe a newer, more modern design is what appeals to you. Whatever your dream, let your true wants for a home determine what you’re looking for in your purchase. After all, going with your heart is important when buying property!

3. How Often Will I Be Entertaining Others?

Whether you’re a social butterfly or a homebody who likes catching up on favourite books in peace and quiet with a loved one and a favourite pet, different houses can fit different needs in different ways. For example, if you absolutely love throwing cocktail and dinner parties, you may want to look for a home with a dining area and larger kitchen to prepare for guests. If you prefer quiet, a home that emphasizes space for a deep-shelved library or drawing room may be more to your taste.

4. Where Will I Be Traveling To From My Home?

Before buying a home, you’ll want to know where your local stores and weekly trips will be in relation to your neighbourhood. If you’re commuting to a job, you’ll also want to be realistic about how long that commute will take you each day. It’s okay to sacrifice a bit of time each day if you’ve found the perfect home, but be honest with yourself if the extra time will bother you!

5. Where Do My Closest Friends Live?

If socializing is a vital part of each week for you, you’ll definitely want to know how far away your closest friends live from a potential home. Sometimes a 45 minute drive each way to meet others for dinner can seem like a real trek.

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6. Is My Home a Short-Term Investment or a Long-Term Project?

In terms of financial investment, a new home can be one of the best opportunities available for investors. While increasing property values are common in new homes, much depends on what an owner wants over the long-term. If you want to buy a home and put down roots, you’re probably not going to care much if your home is in a trendy (and more expensive) area that will increase your value in a few years. Knowing how long you want to settle in one place will tell you volumes about how to spend your money.

7. Does a Potential Home “Feel Right”?

Sometimes purchasing property can be an emotionally confusing experience. The desire to make a hard and fast decision can sometimes blind us to why we’re buying property in the first place. Trust your feelings when you’re considering a new home. If the thought of a purchase feels right during a viewing, you’re probably recognizing that this is a place you’ll love spending time in. Enjoy the process, and let your heart lead you forward.

For these reasons, finding the right home doesn’t have to be a difficult proposition. In fact, answering questions about your needs could make the process a dream come true. Remember to enjoy the journey and to follow your dreams, and you’ll quickly find that home ownership will be a highlight of your experience.

 

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About The Author

Sereena S.

Mom of two, wife to one, and a dog lover, although cats can be okay too. Sometimes.

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