Buying a new home — either a condominium suite or a single family residence — is a big decision. It’s a huge investment, and there are so many things to consider. Everyone has a wish list — and practical considerations to take into account. Whether buying as part of a couple or on their own, women today are smart buyers with a unique set of priorities.
This doesn’t just mean price. Consider the price per square foot, for example. If you’re comparing two condo suites or detached homes of equal size, the cost per square foot will likely be different. How much are you prepared to pay? Does one home have more expensive goodies included, such as stone countertops and wood flooring? Make sure you are comparing apples to apples, and decide which features are important to you.
You can always add on to the Standard features when you choose the finishes at the decor centre.
Once you are living in your new home, you will be a part of the community. Proximity to work, schools, shopping and transportation routes are important. If you’re a busy mom with kids who are involved in numerous activities, it’s a good idea to situate your family within easy driving or walking distance. If you’re one who likes to dine out, take in shows and entertainment, and shop at particular places, consider how close you want to be to these urban amenities.
If you love to entertain, choose an open-concept floor plan where the kitchen is within view of the living room and dining area. People tend to congregate in the kitchen as it is, so an island or breakfast bar is also a nice feature to have. Guests can be comfortably seated while meals or snacks are prepared and served. They may even want to help! Regardless, you will be happier if the floor plan is one that works for you and your family. Is there a dedicated space for kids to play? Is a home office important? Are there enough washrooms?
After you’ve bought your home, you can change the way it looks on the inside, but you can never change the way it is situated.
Consider the sun exposure each room gets as well as the view. To me, there’s nothing better than sipping my morning tea in the backyard while I listen to the birds chirping and admire my handiwork in the garden. If I were backing onto a laneway or if the sun was blocked by an unfortunately placed building, I’m sure I wouldn’t enjoy it nearly as much.
Does the Builder offer the bells and whistles that will allow you to personalize your home to suit your taste? Think jetted tubs, elegant fixtures, stunning floors and sleek countertops, or whatever moves you. Will your home say “Wow” the way you want it to when you move in? Be discriminating. Be smart. Express yourself by choosing the right home for you.