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We need to renovate the home we’ve just purchased but we don’t take possession for another 60 days, where do we start?

Knowing time is on your side before possession of a newly purchased home is a good thing.   With each scheduled Buyer visit to the home, plan to verify measurements, consult contractors and design specialists and get quotes for work needing to be finished.  Bring paint swatches, flooring samples and fabric swatches and a reliable measuring tape.  It’s important to shop around and get referrals and references for the professionals you hire to renovate your house, prequalifying takes time.  Be specific about your needs and speak to them about timelines for completion of the scope of work needed and when they are available to commence.

If furniture placement is a concern, bring the measurements of the items you own or are planning to purchase and play around with the angles of how you can add the furnishings to your home on that visit.  If planning on painting it’s great to visit the home at various times of the day with paint chips as the colour may take on a different look from morning, noon and evening.

Make a list of the way you envision your home once renovated and as you assign the cost and effort needed to achieve this goal it will be easier to prioritize tasks to be completed from possession date and forward.

written by Connie Power

Connie Power is a Real Estate Sales Representative (who always includes an empowering you Buyer’s letter with every single offer)
a CNE® SRS® ABR® SRES® and New Agent Mentor and Career Development for RE/MAX Hallmark York Group Realty Ltd.,  Brokerage serving York region and beyond.  EmPOWERing YOU in Real ESTATE!

**Not intended to solicit those currently under a real estate contract