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Lets Talk: Did You Know
You May Want to Add an Addition!
Many times, when looking for a new home you find the perfect location, but you may think “if I add an addition or a garage it will be exactly what I want” How do you make sure you will be allowed to put on that addition or build that new garage?
Each municipality has their own zoning by-law which governs the following:
Use of the property: for example, is it for residential use or commercial use?
Size of structures on the lot
Number of structures on a lot- can you even have a garage a house and a shed or is this restricted by zoning
Setbacks to property lines, roads and waterways
Heights of structures-this could affect a new 2nd story you dream of having
Consulting the local municipality can answer the questions you may have.
If something like a new addition is not allowed, you can apply to the municipality to have a variance granted to allow it, but this is never a guarantee.
Another thing to consider as well as zoning, is the septic system.If an addition is added, you may need to increase the size of the septic system.This, while a possibility, is also another added expense.Is there going to be room to add a septic bed extension? It is always good to be aware of what your municipality requires for your dream to come true. Do your due diligence before you buy to ensure the property you want is the property you can have.
Consult the local municipality and find out the property’s zoning, make sure you are aware of the existing septic system design and the ability to add to it, or will it be ok as is?
Building permits are always required for construction over 10m2 so this would need to be considered as well.
Stay tuned for the next subject matter-What do I need to know about purchasing a waterfront property?
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When you're shopping around for a new home, it's easy to let your emotions take over. This quick list of dos and don'ts can help you keep a level head while you look, and ensure you don't end up with buyer's remorse down the road.
DO a drive-by. Check out the exterior, the street and the neighbourhood. If you can, stop by during the day and in the evening to get a sense of what it's like at different times. See if there are any good shops and restaurants in the area, and if it's a place where you feel comfortable walking around. Check walkability scores of different neighbourhoods here .
DO come prepared. Show up to showings and open houses armed with a list of questions. Take plenty of photos. Sketch out layouts. Measure spaces to ensure your furniture will fit. Write down all the things you love, items that require repair or renovation, elements you're not so keen on. When you're looking at multiple homes, it's easy to get confused – having detailed notes of each visit will help you keep track.
DO look at homes in your price range. It's easy to fall in love with a place you can't afford. Don't bother looking at the ones that are priced out of reach - you'll only be setting yourself up for disappointment, and make yourself feel like you're settling for less than you deserve.
DON'T forget to take stock of storage. There's nothing like moving into a new place and realizing there's nowhere to stow your stuff. Look at closets, basement storage, attic space and outdoor sheds. Where will you keep your vacuum cleaner? Your spare linens and towels? Sports equipment and off-season clothes?
DON'T sweat the small stuff. That harvest gold fridge and the stained basement carpet can both be replaced at a relatively low cost. The scary turquoise dining room can easily be repainted. Watch out for high-cost fixes instead, like outdated electrical or bathrooms that require a complete overhaul.
DO check the water pressure. Run the taps and flush the toilets (separately and at the same time). See if the showerhead blasts water or just gives off an unsatisfying drizzle. And don't forget to check how fast the water heats up. If it's really slow, there could be issues with the heater.
DON'T forget to check the exterior. Look for damp or buckled spots on the siding, peeling paint, loose shingles, cracks in the foundation. A quick look can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
DON'T overestimate your DIY capabilities. Fixing that leaky faucet? Sure, almost anyone can do that. But renovating the kitchen? Ripping out drywall? Putting in new plumbing? Before you make an offer on a house that's not move-in ready, make sure you're not getting too enthusiastic about what you can actually accomplish. If you think you can do it yourself, then realize you need outside help, you'll be facing some serious costs you didn't factor into the purchase price.
DON'T be afraid to move on. So many buyers get stuck on the idea that another home as perfect as this one will never come along. That's simply not true. New listings come on the market every day, so never assume that there's nothing as good as - or better - out there. Be patient.
Finding a property you love is exciting, but it's a little like falling in love with a person. That initial glow can make you overlook faults that will drive you around the bend a few years down the road. Keeping emotions in check and the long-term future in mind can help you make a smart buying decision – and finding the home that's perfect for you.
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