Excited to buy a new home and now we feel lost

We were so excited to buy a new home and now we feel lost about what’s next, who can help us?

Buying a home is exciting and stressful but being as organized as possible with a plan of action can ease angst and increase the enjoyment factor. The countdown to closing day is a process and creating a customized action that can be worked on daily will benefit all parties.

Once the Buyer(s) offer is accepted and the deposits have been received and conditions have been waived or fulfilled, a mountain of paperwork results. If REALTORS® were involved each Brokerage will also retain copies of the paperwork including the Sales Representatives or Brokers.
As soon as the deal is firm the Lender and the real estate lawyers will want copies of the Agreement of Purchase and Sale and the Proof that the home os now sold firm. Set up home insurance to commence on closing right away in case they bring up concerns that need to be addressed about the condition of the home.

The focus then goes back to preparing to move in:
Booking movers right away is always prudent to ensure their availability works with closing date.

Register children in the area schools they will be attending. Line up activation of utilities for closing which could includes: Hydro, gas or oil, cable or satellite, landline phone, internet, alarm, yard maintenance.

Address change notification which can be done with Canada Post is one way to inform friends and family of the move but many other service providers also need to know about a change in address. Topping the list, your address should be changed with Revenue Canada and those receiving Child Tax, Tax Credit Programs, Benefits programs changes need to be made to avoid delays or miscommunication. Driver’s License, vehicle registration and insurance should be changed. Doctors, dentists, therapists, specialists and any other health care services should be informed including the pharmacy and health card should be updated. Lending institutions, credit card companies and newspaper or magazine subscriptions need the address updates as well.

Think ahead to how your household would want to live in the area. This may be the best time to find a local place of worship, look into a gym, golf, or other extracurricular service providers including the library. If children play sports teams may also need to see proof of a change of address and timing as many sports teams have player zoning guidelines.

Research the town website for their information about parks and recreation, garbage pick up schedule, parking passes, community events, water bills, zoning, parking allowances and restrictions, sign and other by-laws. Inquire about permits for fire, building etc. to understand costs and timelines and guidelines.

Buyer visits would also be scheduled including in some cases opportunities to learn about pools, hot tubs and other household equipment that may require a solid understanding on maintenance and operations.

It’s at the Buyer visits that measurements should be taken and ideas should be gathered to help decide on furniture purchases, placement and decor, paint colours. Renovation estimates are often obtained and landscaping needs assessments are made.

Speak to a REALTOR® today about how they assist Buyers concerns and manage overwhelm to create a smooth moving experience..

-written by Connie Power

Connie Power is a Real Estate Sales Representative – Career Development and Mentoring of New Agents
CNE® Certified Negotiation Expert SRS® Sellers Real Estate Specialist SRES® Seniors Real Estate Specialist ABR® Accredited Buyers Representative
with RE/MAX Hallmark York Group Realty Ltd., Brokerage serving York region and beyond. EmPOWERing YOU in Real ESTATE!
Call Connie today to be proactive about your next move. (905) 727-1941.

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