What To Look For When Buying A Home

Tips for home buyers

Tips for home buyers

When buying a home, people are often more concerned about the appearance of the home than the major components.

As a home buyer, you should be diligent when looking at a home and not easily persuaded by nice decor and well-painted rooms. You should make sure you are taking in everything the home has to offer like room sizes, condition/age of major components like the roof, furnace, windows, and bathroom and kitchen fixtures.

Do home buyers need a home inspector?

If you don’t feel qualified to judge the age or quality of some of the components, invite a friend or family member along for advice.

Remember: if you rely on a home inspector to tell you that the shingles are falling off the roof and the furnace is 25 years old, you have already spent $350 for him to be there and the home owner may not be willing to compensate you anything, forcing you to find another home or absorb the entire cost yourself.

Minor changes for home buyers

Furnace: A new high efficiency gas furnace will cost around $5,000 (including installation).

New paint: Painting per regular size room (10×12) costs at most $100 (or $250 per room done by a professional).

Changes home buyers can’t make

Room sizes: Your current furniture needs to be taken into account. Make sure that the rooms aren’t too small because chances are you won’t want to renovate to that extent.

Lot size: Make sure the lot size is sufficient enough for all your plans, both indoors and out.

Home buyers’ tips

You might not find a home that has everything and you might need to make some changes when you move in.

And although a well-painted and well-decorated home has great appeal, you should be more concerned with the overall condition of the house and the fixtures within it.

Remember: the d├ęcor will change! Look beyond the designer paint and be aware of the costs involved with the major changes that may be involved in your home buying decision.

To find a home near you, visit ComFree.com.


  1. Jeanette says:

    Spot on! Thanks for the info as I am in the process of buying a home!

  2. Al van der Laan says:

    I wanted to comment on this post – I think it is very important for people to hire on a certified home inspector. Anyone can be a home inspector, but if you look for proper certifications you are already ahead of the game. I am a buyer who bought through ComFree and I will admit this was a wonderful experience. This is our fourth home and by now we know what to look for and what questions to ask. We still like the opinion of a trained eye – someone that spots defects like a dripping sink, a jet that does not work in a tub because of gunk etc. It gives a much better overall view of the property.

  3. What city are you in Henk?

  4. Denise says:

    Looking for a fairly new bungalow for June 23 closing in Niagara area.

  5. Henk Vogelaar says:

    we are looking for a duplex with a open concept kitchen other options include ensuite bathroom off master bedroom , must have a double garage

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