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Three Things To Do Before Buying A Home

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Your home is not only where your heart is and your sanctuary, but is also most likely the biggest investment you’ll make in your whole life. So when buying a new home, you’d want to make the right choice. Happily, that shouldn’t be too complicated. Here are three of the most important things to do before you buy a house.

Know What You Need

Many new buyers get into the process of home buying without a clear idea of what it is they need in a home. One of Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Persons” is to begin with the end in mind. That’s exactly what you need for highly effective house hunting. Before you even look at listings, ask yourself what kind of house and setting will complement your lifestyle. Examine what amenities and opportunities you’d like to have close by, and which ones you can do without. Having a clear picture of what you need improves your chances of successfully finding a suitable home.

Get a Grip on Your Finance

Buying a new home is a huge financial commitment. You need to get a good picture of what buying a home will mean to you. Besides the monthly mortgage, you also need to consider the continuing expenses of owning a home, including utilities, taxes, maintenance and repairs, association fees, and many others. If you are taking out a mortgage to pay for your purchase, you need to know and fully understand all the details of your mortgage.

Come See for Yourself

Things may look good on paper, but you have to see it to believe it. What may seem like a bargain won’t be a bargain at all if it’s located in a bad neighborhood, or if it’s sitting next to a termite mound on the edge of a cliff! Think about getting a reputable professional home inspector to give you all the details about the home you are thinking of buying. You will incur some costs because of this, but you could end up saving more if it turns out that the house has major issues. House hunting should be a happy and exciting experience, and it will be if you just keep these three things in mind. Have fun!


The picture-perfect city of Orillia and the shores of Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching is a wonderful place to live or invest in. With me as your guide, you’ll have a lifelong resident and well-educated agent who will focus on you 100%. Contact me at 705-238-6001 or at and I’ll give you a tour of cottage country.



About Bill Jackson

 has been a realtor® for nearly a decade in the charming city of Orillia in Ontario, where he was born and still resides. Of his two post-secondary degrees and two post-graduate certificates, his degree in Natural Science makes him a valuable resource for home buyers and investors interested in waterfront, farm and rural properties, which abound in Orillia. A real gentleman with a strong work ethic, his full focus is working full-time with clients; and he’s happiest when he has helped them find the best solution to their real estate needs and at the best price.

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