Depending on your current and projected situation, you may have your own specific set of home selection criteria, but let us list the most common considerations here for your convenience:
■When you are researching neighbourhoods, consider your future plans with regards to children, job commute and social features. It is important to plan ahead, so you don’t have to start looking for a new home in a few short years.
■Education, public transportation and crime rates will be of importance to you, especially if you have (or plan to have) kids. For example, easy access to good quality public transportation can save a family loads of money – and even time – every day.
■What type of house would you prefer in your target neighbourhood? Do you want a multi-storey house, or do you need a ground-level accessible house? Do you like more open space or will you need more structured rooms for work and play? Will your kids all want their own bathrooms?
■If you care about the style (i.e. Victorian, Edwardian), age, or historical value of your home, let your agent know as well. Many older houses offer great ambiance, but may be less accessible and provide fewer modern features. New homes, on the other hand, will likely have an internet connection in every room, plenty of electrical sockets and updated wiring and plumbing. Read on for more suggestions on what to keep in mind when looking for a new home.