How to Avoid Surprises When Buying a House

Manson Slik,

Imagine you’ve found the house you want, and it’s perfect for you and your family. You examine the house, talk to the owners, think it over, and decide how much you will offer. Surely, at this late stage there will be no surprises right?

Actually, you may be in for a big surprise if you assume that everything is alright with the property. Have you seen The Money Pit? In it a young couple buy a house for what they think is a good price, but the house is riddled with problems.  Just looking at a house wouldn’t tell you if the wiring is shot, or that the floor beneath the bathtub is rotted through. When buying a home, seeing an inspection report before making an offer is helpful and prudent.

What to do Before Your Home Gets Listed

Manson Slik,

You may have been told that a home buyer should get a home inspection. Maybe you paid for a home inspection when you first bought your current property. It is generally accepted that a home inspection is something only the buyer should do. This is simply not true. When selling your home, getting a home inspection done by an impartial and reputable 3rd party before you put your house on the market can be hugely beneficial to both the buyer and the seller.

Focusing on the Seller, not the Buyer

Manson Slik,

At Gordon’s we do not consider ourselves to be a real estate company. We manage transiton’s in life. We focus exclusively on sellers and their needs. We believe that if we do all the right things and help our clients make the right choices, that buyers will come informed to purchase. Our results speak for themselves with a listing to sale ratio of in excess of 95% vs the provincial average of around 50%. Because we are not a traditional real estate company, our approach is different. Our primary goal is to help the client get from where they are in their life to where they want to be. We want to accomplish this successfully and with the least amount of inconvenience for our clients.

When is the Right Time to Sell?

Manson Slik,

When our customers think about downsizing, they often ask about the market and when is the best time to sell their home. The answer is: Anytime you’re ready. 

While there are always determining factors that can influence the fluctuations in listing and sale prices, there’s always a market and anytime is a good time to sell. People aften consider these factors when trying to decide when is the best time to list:

Supply and Demand

Is my home or neighbourhood in demand? A home that is situated in a desirable area will likely be in demand, and if supply is limited, this will command a higher price. A home that is one of many similar on the market – i.e. in excess supply – will often sell for less.