5 Things to Consider When Buying a New Home
- October 24, 2015
- By Cody Battershill
You Must Consider These 5 Things When Buying a New Home!
If you’re in the market for a new home in Calgary, chances are that you have a list of features you want included – some must-have’s, and a few that you’re probably more flexible on – before signing on the dotted line.
Here are some key features that you should always consider and evaluate for yourself when viewing new properties as they can drastically affect your living experience and resale value down the road.
#1 - Interior Layout
Calgary’s new home builders have such a wide variety of builds and floor plans available nowadays that you really don’t have to settle for a layout that is nearly perfect – except for that one part that you just can’t get over.
It could be that the master bedroom is too small, its bathroom too thin or perhaps the kitchen doesn’t have that ideal set up you want. Whatever it is, know that you will likely find another floor plan or different builder all together that has these things you desire – so shop around!
#2 - Windows & Natural Lighting
Usually the more windows a new home has the better, not only for natural lighting, but also the open feel that they create when well-placed and are the right size. Windows should also be positioned and sized accordingly to give you a decent amount of privacy from outside eyes.
Natural lighting is a huge factor when it comes to getting the most out of your living space and enjoying it to the fullest. A lack of natural light can be a problem in the future when reselling and can also put a damper on how you feel about being in a particular space.
#3 - House Orientation
The way a house is positioned on its lot can greatly affect the amount of natural light it receives during daytime and also influence your cooling and heating bills drastically.
A new home facing east will have a bright / warm morning and evening with natural light entering the home during these hours. On the other hand, a north facing home might not get as much sunlight and make for a cooler living space during those hot summer days.
See more at our New Calgary Home Buyers Guide to Choosing a Lot today.
#4 - Proximity to Neighbours
There typically will be a drastic difference concerning the space between two new inner city infills compared to two suburban homes, which can affect how private the space feels all together.
If privacy is a huge factor for you when buying a new home, consider checking the views from each of the windows inside and out and do a perimeter walk around the property to gauge if you are comfortable with it all – or not.
#5 - Location
Last but not least, location is probably one of the most important factors when buying a new home in Calgary. For example, buying in a new community with a proposed elementary school on its way is a great opportunity for couples planning to be parents, although if it were across the city from work, there might cause more headache than benefit to come.
It basically comes down to what you’re comfortable with and what area of the city is best for your wants, needs and lifestyle. Taking the time to find the right location is a must when searching for that perfect new home fit in Calgary.
See more at our New Calgary Home Buyers Guide to Choosing a Community today.
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