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Sarita and Albert wanted to buy a small home in Ottawa, as an investment and for the personal freedom it offered.

In order to maximize their resources, they made some hard decisions about which features were essential and which were negotiable.

Home Features Checklist

Completing this list will help confirm in your mind exactly what you want and need in your new home.

Be realistic, but don’t sell yourself short. If, as you look at homes, you find your dreams exceed your budget, you can always make revisions.

A deck, for example, didn’t have to be there. It could be easily built later. But proximity to public transportation was a must.

Being as practical and realistic as possible, Sarita and Albert managed to find a home with which they were very happy. And one that could expand should their needs change.

The list will also help you focus on potential future needs. Be sure to take into consideration any plans to start or expand your family. That could affect the number of bedrooms or location.

Determine which features are must-haves and which are negotiable, perhaps using a highlighting marker to indicate the difference.

And, of course, make sure your real estate representative has a copy of the list to prescreen homes before you see them.

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STEP 1

  • HOUSING NEEDS

Type of Home

Detached

Semi-detached

Townhouse

Duplex

Highrise

Low-rise

  • Resale

  • New

Lot size Small

Medium

Large

Quiet street

Yes

No

Type of ownership

  • Freehold

Age of home

  • Condominium

Type of exterior finish

  • Brick

  • Wood

  • Aluminum siding

  • Vinyl siding

  • Combination brick and siding

Windows

Glazing

  • Single

  • Low-E

Construction Wood

  • Other

  • Double

  • Vinyl

  • Triple

  • Metal

Insulation values B a s e m e n t _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Walls

_________________

C e i l i n g _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Foundation construction

  • Concrete block

  • Concrete

  • Preserved wood

Sewer system

  • Municipal

  • Septic

Water

  • Municipal

  • Well

Water heating

  • Gas

  • Electric

  • Oil

Electrical system 100 amp 200 amp

Other

______

  • Fuses

  • Circuit breakers

Electric

Wood

Yes

No

Central

Window

Type of heating fuel

  • Oil

  • Gas

Heat recovery ventilator

Air conditioning

Extra worksheets at the back of the Guiide

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