Looking to buy? 5 questions you should ask.

Buying a new place to live has so many emotions. Joy, fear, excitement, suspense and even frustration.  So many things to consider.  Which neighbourhood has more to offer, which school your children might attend, is the property you're purchasing a good investment, etc.  These are all major questions and answers that are fairly "simple" to answer. 

But what most buyers don't consider important are the little questions that might make living in your new place a little more enjoyable if you have the answers.  We've selected five. 

1. Is there a pet bylaw or restriction? 

Even if you don't have a pet now, you might like to get one down the road.  Some stratas ban pets all together and some like to limit the quanitity of pets you can have, or even the size.  Knowing this before you purchase might give you more insight down the road.  If you're planning on having a pet, or renting your unit out to someone who may have a pet, these are good things to know.  No one likes a strata fine!  

2. How's the water pressure?

There's nothing worse than moving into your new home and getting ready to take your first shower...than to realize that the water pressure in your new place is less than great.  Generally this is something that can be fixed, but it's good to be conscious of what the problem might be from. 

3. What's the parking situation like?

Sometimes when your showings are scheduled at off times it's hard to get a feel for what the neighbourhood parking situation is like.  If your showing is scheduled during the day when everyone's at work, for example, people are going and parking is ample.  Different from a Saturday afternoon or an evening. 

4. What are the neighbours like?

Generally the people who are selling the home won't be there when you're viewing it, but if you see a neighbour out walking, feel free to ask them how they like the neighbourhood, the people who live there, and even how they might like a local school. 

5. What is the current rent or market rent in the area?

You could even do a quick search on Craigslist for the area you're looking at renting in, but if you're purchasing a unit that is already tenanted, it might be a good idea to ask what the current tenant is paying for rent.  

We're experts at buying and selling!  We make sure the big and very important questions are always asked.  Give us a shout if you're ready to begin your search!  

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