Many couples and families run into a situation where they fall in love with 2 Calgary houses at the same time and aren't able to make a decision between either of them. While other people are racing around frantically trying to find their dream home, these few are torn between 2 homes that are both very desirable.
In some cases there may be a split decision between the wife and the husband. The husband has fallen in love with a house with a large rec room while the wife prefers a bungalow that has a lot of storage capacity. In other cases the couple may both be in love with 2 different homes. What would be the solution to this sort of situation?
Comparison ShoppingYou do it when you buy a new pair of shoes and it must also be done when looking at homes. Return to the 2 houses and take some notes about the various features. Then, take the list home and do a full comparison between the two.
Here are some of the most important points that need to be compared:
Evaluate the Structural Elements of the Home
A lot of home buyers are tempted to choose their home based on the way it looks. The colour of the carpeting, paint on the walls, and even the condition of the furniture can contribute to the buyer's overall assessment of the property. When considering the appearances of a home, it's important to remember two important points:
First, the home will look different once it has a new owner. With the furniture gone, the house will not look the same.
Second, cosmetic improvements tend to be less expensive and easier to make than structural improvements. It's not hard to tear out old carpeting, and paint the walls in a new colour. Buyers should not base their decision to buy a home on the way it looks, because the appearance of the home is changeable.
Crime Rate By Neighborhood
What is the crime rate like? Is it higher than other parts of town or lower? A high crime rate area can be very difficult to live in and it is always best to find a safe secure community.
Choosing Between Neighbourhood
Have you checked the amenities that are available in the neighbourhood? Are there any certain features you'd like to have in an area? Is one of these homes situated in this type of neighborhood? Which of the 2 houses is the fastest commute to work? By looking at the community you'll get a better and bigger viewpoint about your decision.
Take a look at the appreciation of different homes in both areas from years past. What level of financial appreciation can you expect to see in your potential home in the next few years? This is an important point to consider.
There are a lot of different viewpoints on homes and the comparison points listed above are a lot less personal than the choice between homes. These comparisons force the couple to step back and take a look at the bigger picture of Calgary home ownership.