Hi my lovelies! I am down with the flu at the moment – I think my body is telling me to relax.
I have been stuck in bed watching series (sounds like I am complaining but I am not!) but also I decided to tackle making pickled fish for the long weekend (I hope it is as amazing as it smells).
For Part 4 of the home buying series, I thought I wold discuss our tactic in finding a good area to settle in as well as what we looked for when viewing our home.
Getting to know your neighbourhood
We have been to our fair share of home viewings, but, one of the things Labeeq and I did when we signed an offer to purchase was drive by the house during different times of the day (during the week, day and night as well as over a weekend especially at night).
This gave us an insight into our neighbours, the area, what the schools were like as well as travelling between work and home.
Sounds kind of crazy (and a little bit stalklerish) but it really gives you an insight into the area you will be spending majority of your time (and probably a few years of your life).
So when viewing the house – we had specific things we would look out for such as, how much light comes in, dampness (very very important in our books) checking the walls and ceilings for mildew and water stains as well as cracking.
One of the great things was having Labeeqs parents and grandparents (who work with heritage sites and construction – and know their way around a building) visit the house and check it out with professional eyes.
As a first time home buyer – it’s not to say that everyone is out to get your money and lie to you but, you probably don’t know what to look for and what questions to ask – this is why we chose to get a second and third opinion from people in our life who know exactly what to keep an eye out for.
Take someone with you who knows what to look for (electrical, plumbing and wood being of highest priority) and make sure that you read the offer to purchase carefully – here you will find what is included, what has been done to the property, what they will leave behind, etc.
Once we decided on the house, and the paperwork was underway – I began my Pinterest boards and research (links here and here). This gave us something we could look at and work towards (as I know, home renovations are not the cheapest or quickest projects).
Having vision boards helps to focus on the plan and work towards a goal.
There are still ideas that I need to change and move around but, it’s great to know that what we want can be done to the home we chose and love.