What You Should Know About Buying A New Home In Ontario
Buying a new home in Ontario is an exciting, frightening, overwhelming, relationship building experience for a couple or a family. There is so much to consider and as home buyers you can’t possibly think of it all. We want to help you understand the essentials as well as possible so that your new home buying experience can be as stress free as a decision so significant can be.
Buying A New Home In Ontario Starts With A Discussion
According to the Canadian Home Builders Association, a good place to start the home buying process is in your current home, with a discussion. Everybody in the house should have a say in some of the following areas.
- What do you want in the home?
- Size, number of bedrooms, layout, outdoor space, special features (pool, intercom system, etc…), energy efficiency
- What do you want in the community?
- Green space, doctors or other important services, distance to work, public transportation. Schools, child care.
- What is your down payment? Mortgage payments?
After All That, Are You Still Interested In Buying A New Home In Ontario?
If you are, then the next step is getting out there to see what the market has to offer. Buying a new home in Ontario means looking at a lot of builders and seeing how they stack up against one another.
The Ontario Building Code was updated in 2012, so the energy efficiency of base-model newly built homes will be high across the board. However, custom builders can offer additional options to take your efficiency beyond that of the average home. We are always interested in talking about ways to reduce the impact of your home on the environment.
One good way to rule out a builder is to contact some of its past clients. Ask about:
Past clients are the best barometer of whether or not a builder is everything they claim to be.
Additionally, in a new community, look at the community layout and consider the lot that would best suit the needs of your family.
Buying A New Home In Ontario Means Building A Relationship
A builder is more than a construction company. Your builder should be in regular contact with you throughout the entire home building process.