Curb Your Enthusiasm

Home Buying ProcessThe home buying process can be exciting and overwhelming, specially for first time homebuyers.  Sometimes I find my self playing the role of a firefighter, pouring water on my clients’ excitement to keep the fire under control and bring them back to the rational world! LOL

When you see a new home you like on the market, it’s easy to get distracted by all the features you love – the wrap-around backyard deck or the spacious rec room with plenty of space for entertaining. You just need to make sure that in all that excitement you don’t overlook any expensive maintenance issues that could be just around the corner.

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Nothing lasts forever. The major components of every home – from the furnace to the roof shingles – need to be replaced eventually. Knowing when such maintenance issues are likely to arise can help you make a smarter decision about the home you’re considering.

How do you do that?

First of all you should work with a Realtor that you trust and will play the “firefighter” role when needed!
A good Realtor will always have your best interest in mind and when and if the situation arises, he/she will not hesitate to tell you that the home you just visited and you fell in love with, is overpriced or is not the right home for you!
WHILE YOU ARE IN AWE  looking at the beautiful stainless steel appliances and the white quartz countertop in the kitchen, your trusted Realtor will be redirecting your attention to the slanted floor in the dining room and telling you that further investigation is needed in order to avoid potential structural repairs…that will cost you a lot more than a new kitchen countertop and shiny stainless steel appliances!!
Never fall in love with a home…until it is yours!  When emotions are high, you might end up overpaying or overlooking problems.  When viewing a property, ask for the age of the major components of the home, such as the roof shingles, furnace, air conditioner, water heater and appliances.  Roof shingles may look merely weathered in spots – and you might think they have years of service left – when, in fact, they’re due to be replaced in a year.

Finally, don’t forget to check the kitchen and bathrooms. Sinks, faucets, bathtubs, showers and cabinetry have a life-span of about 10-15 years.  Of course, there are things you can’t see, such as wiring, plumbing, venting and other components of a property that may require maintenance soon.

That’s why it’s so important to make any offer to purchase a home conditional on passing an inspection by a qualified home inspector.

About Daniel Deiana

Daniel Deiana is a Realtor with RE/MAX HALLMARK the #1 Brokerage in the Toronto area! With Daniel you get professional, personalized service and attention to your needs, my clients also find my extensive experience as a home renovation contractor beneficial to them: I am able to identify potential issues and items that need to be repaired as well as potential for improvement and opportunities increase property value. When you combine my service with the marketing power of RE/MAX HALLMARK you have the perfect combination to achieve your real estate goals: Get top dollars for your home and find your dream home.