Four Signs You’ve Outgrown Your Current Home

March 1, 2017

It’s not uncommon for a couple with a growing family to trade in their compact car for something roomier, like a mini-van. The same thing happens with homes. Sometimes we simply outgrow them. So, how can you tell if that’s happening with your property? Here are some sure-fire signs.

1 – You need more space.

This is the most common reason people upgrade to a new home. They need more room. For any number of reasons, you might want an extra bedroom, a larger living room, a bigger backyard, or a more spacious kitchen. Rather than put up with feeling cramped, consider exploring the extra space a new home can provide.

2 – A renovation won’t fix it.

Sometimes when a property doesn’t fit its owners’ needs anymore, they consider a renovation. For example, if they need more space for kids to play, they can finish the basement. However, a renovation doesn’t always fix the problem. For example, building a double, rather than single, driveway and garage, may not be possible given the constraints of your property. Only a new home can solve the problem.

3 – You’re interested in a new neighbourhood.

The neighbourhood may have been perfect for you at one time. But needs evolve. You may now want something the area doesn’t provide – like closer access to a recreational activity you enjoy, or a more convenient commute to work. If that’s the case, it might be time to look at new neighbourhoods you’d like to consider, and see what types of homes are currently available there.

4 – It’s time for a change.

Sometimes you simply feel it’s time for a change. There’s nothing wrong with that. Don’t feel you need a practical reason to sell and find a new home. If moving is best for you and your family, go for it. So, have you outgrown your home? If so, the next step is to talk to us, the REALTORS® who specialize in this neighbourhood. Contact us today.

Don’t Be Swayed By “Happy Talk”

When you’re viewing a property for sale, you want to hear about all the good features of the property. You want to know all about the wonderful neighbourhood, the brand new furnace and roof, and the newly renovated bathrooms.

But you need to hear the bad news too. You’ll want to know about the possible crack in the foundation, or the nearby highway that’s noisy during rush hours. If you don’t, you may end up with an unpleasant surprise when you move.

So, how do you get the bad news you need in order to make a smart buying decision?

Ask plenty of questions when viewing a property. For example, if you notice the deck is looking worn, ask how old it is. (It might need to be replaced soon.)

Before an offer is finalized, get a professional home inspection.

Work with REALTORS® like us. We will look out for your best interests and always tell it like it is – good news or bad.

Don’t be swayed by happy talk. Get the full picture of the property before you decide to buy. Call us, we’d like to help.