The ongoing pandemic has greatly changed our lifestyle. We prefer to spend more time staying at home for both leisure time and work hours. More and more tech companies allow employees to work from home. As a result, we will pay more attention to the aesthetics and comfort level of our home. It is not a surprise that the housing price surge in big cities like New York, Shanghai, or Toronto. If you plan to buy a new house, you can think about the following features before making any decisions.
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No matter if you are buying a new house to support your family or purely for investment, the location is the first thing you need to consider. Buying a property could be the biggest investment for a normal family so we all want it to be wise. The location determines the potential of the house. For example, is there any subway station nearby? Is it convenient to shop for groceries? It is true that some people want to live in a remote place that is only surrounded by forests or farms, but you need to take into consideration the education for your kids in the future. Therefore, schools, buses, and parks are also necessary features to think about.
This is a little similar to the location but slightly different. Do you know about your community? How about the neighbors? Do you know the crime rate in the neighborhood? If you have kids in your family, you need to make sure that the community is safe to live in.
We all love new houses, but we always compromise when faced with other factors. However, when we talk about the age of the house, we need to consider the condition of the house for example the window designs, appliances, internal systems as well as floorings. If we plan to buy an old house in a good location, we probably need some major renovations to make it comfortable to live or profitable to resell.
Taste and Design
The house is not a cheap object like a vase that you can get rid of easily. So when you look at a house, you need to make sure that you are comfortable with the design, style, and taste. For example, do you like the bay windows in the living room? Do you like the small kitchen on the first floor? Especially if you are buying it to live with your family, you want it to be perfect. It is true that you can make some adjustments and renovations, but it will be easier if the house already fits your personal style so you don’t have to change a lot.
Buying a house is a huge investment, so you can discuss it with your family and friends to seek their opinions and experience. Finding a reliable real estate agent is crucial as well. If you live in a big city like Toronto or Tokyo, you can have lots of resources, so it is important to talk to more agents to find the ideal one.