Important tips for first-time home buyers

If you are looking to purchase your first home, it can be an overwhelming process as there are many different things to look out for and factor in. You may think you need to figure everything out on your own, but that’s not the case!

Duxbury & Associates is always here to help our clients, so we thought we’d dedicate this post to giving some helpful tips to prospective first-time buyers, in order to give you confidence when making this important life decision.

Without further ado, here are our tips for all first-time home buyers.

  1. Don’t skip the inspection process! Whether it’s a 100-year-old heritage home or a brand-new condominium, you should never purchase any home without having a thorough inspection done first. It doesn’t matter how new or old a building or home is, we find issues with buildings of all ages, so don’t be fooled by a shiny new place and just assume everything is working/finished as it should. In some situations (especially in a competitive market), you may also be pressured into going ahead with a purchase without an inspection. This is a major red flag and you should insist on having an inspection done no matter what. It will save you valuable time and money down the road.
  2. Become familiar with what warranties are in place with your home. A new home is covered by the 2-5-10 warranty, which means certain elements are covered for up to 10 years. If you purchase a home that’s six years old, that means the 2-5-10 warranty is only in place for another four years. The coverage is attached to the building and not the owner, so it doesn’t reset under a new purchase. To learn more about the different deadlines and key dates that come with 2-5-10 warranties, click here.
  3. If you’ve hired contractors to do work on your home, make sure to have a quality control check performed to ensure the work is done to proper standards, before you pay. Quality control covers a number of areas and is a very useful way to make sure you are getting your money’s worth when paying for services. Click here to learn more about what a quality-control check can do to ease your mind.
  4. Make sure to keep up with the necessary maintenance of your home. Constant upkeep is required with any home in order to ensure everything keeps working properly and efficiently. This includes seasonal maintenance that, if you follow through with, can save you time and money by avoiding unnecessary expenses and repairs, which may arise due to neglect.
  5. Ensure you are pre-approved when it comes to financing.
  6. Keep your emotions in check. Don’t become overwhelmed by views or other distractions and lose sight of what you’re getting into.

If you’re in the process of purchasing your first home or know of someone who is, don’t hesitate to contact us for advice, or to book either an inspection or a warranty check that could end up saving you lots of money!

About Glenn Duxbury

Duxbury & Associates Building Inspection and Consulting Ltd. has received the 2004 Douglas College Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the ‘Consulting’ category for persistence and pursuit of excellent service delivery to clients by providing very thorough and professional Inspection Reports and dedication to those involved in buying / selling / building / renovating and maintaining uncompromised customer focus.