Step 1 - Choosing a Location that is Right for You
Even if the home you choose has everything you need, the location might not be
appropriate. When deciding where to live, you should take the following things
- Whether you want to live in a city, a town or even in an out-of-town location.
- Where you work and how easy it is to commute.
- Where your children will attend school and how they will get there.
- Whether you need a safe walking area or recreational facilities such as a park nearby.
- How close you would like to be to family and friends.
Step 2 - Choosing the Right Home for You
New Home Benefits
- Personalized choices. You may be able to upgrade or choose certain items such as
siding, flooring, cabinets, plumbing and electrical fixtures.
- Up-to-date with the latest codes/standards. The latest building codes, electrical and
energy-efficiency standards will be applied.
- Extra costs. You may have to pay extra if you want to add a fireplace, plant trees and
sod, or pave your driveway. Make sure you know exactly what's included in the price of
Some New Home Types:
- Single-family Detached
The most popular style and the most solid investment. It is a free-standing
home which sits on its own lot thereby offering a greater degree of privacy.
A single-family home that is joined to another one by a common wall. It can
offer many of the advantages of a single-family detached home and is
usually less expensive to buy and maintain.
Two units — one above the other or side by side. The owner usually lives
in one unit and rents the other.
- Row House or Townhouse
One of several types of single-family homes joined by common walls. It
offers less privacy than a single-family detached home but still provides a
separate outdoor space. These homes can cost less to buy and maintain.
- Link or Carriage Home
Houses joined by garages or carports which provide access to the front and
back yards. Builders sometimes join basement walls so that link houses
appear to be single-family homes on small lots. These houses can be less
expensive than single-family detached homes.
Refers to a form of legal ownership as opposed to a style of construction.
Condominiums can be high-rise residential buildings, townhouse complexes,
individual houses and low-rise residential buildings. Condominiums are also
known as stratas in British Columbia or syndicates of co-ownership in Quebec.
Step 3 - The Final Steps
Closing day is the day when you finally achieve your goal — you take legal
possession and finally get to call your new house your own. You are sure to feel
great relief and satisfaction but remember that the homebuying process isn't
over just yet. There are quite a few things that need to be done on closing day:
- Your lender will provide the mortgage money to your lawyer/notary.
- You must provide the balance of the purchase price to your lawyer/notary along with
the closing costs.
- Your lawyer/notary pays the vendor, registers the home in your name, provides you
with a deed and the keys to your new home.
Hiring a Mover
It is now time to hire a mover. Friends or relatives may be able to recommend a
professional moving company but don't forget to ask the mover for references.
You will also want an estimate and outline of fees (flat rate or hourly charge,
etc.). Once you've selected a mover, it is a good idea to have the
representative come to your home to see what will be moved and revise the
estimate if necessary.
During the move, you'll want to ensure that your belongings are insured. Your
home or property insurance may cover goods in transit but call your broker or
insurance company to be safe and to ask about the extent of coverage. Many
moving companies offer additional insurance coverage. Be aware that professional
movers are not responsible for items such as jewelry, currency or important
papers. You will have to move these yourself.
If you decide to do your own packing, keep in mind that you will need the
proper materials and that it could take up a lot of time.
The Big Day
On moving day, go through the house with the van supervisor and provide any
special instructions. The supervisor will also make note of the condition of
your goods on an inventory list. Go through the house with the supervisor to
make sure the list is complete and accurate. Then, when the van arrives at your
new home, mark off the items on the mover's list as they are unloaded. Remember
that even if the movers unload and unpack boxes and remove packing materials,
they will not put dishes or linens into cupboards.
Saying goodbye to one home
and neighbourhood and discovering a new one can be very exciting. Just make
sure it is not hectic as well. Plan ahead to make the transition as smooth as
possible for everyone involved. That way, you can breathe easy and enjoy your
new home without having to worry so much.