6 Things You Should Be Looking For in a New Home

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When you’re checking out a potential new home, there’s no doubt you already have a checklist of things you’re going through in your mind. You probably already know the essentials, what you want, like that extra closet space, and what you need, like functioning plumbing and no cracks in the walls. But there’s a whole list of things you might forget to look for. It’s easy to get hyperfocused on the usual stuff, and that’s still important; nobody wants to find major cracks or mould after they move in. But, it’s important to ensure no box goes unchecked when looking at a new home! 

 

Here are 6 things you might miss when looking at your potential new home.

 

Neighbourhood & neighbours

This one might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how often this gets skipped! If the home is for sale in a neighbourhood you don’t know well, it’s worth doing some research online and making a few trips at different times of the day to make sure it's somewhere you’d feel comfortable at all times. Making a couple of extra trips also lets you scope out the neighbours. If possible, it’s a good idea to try and meet them! Neighbours can make or break how you feel about where you live. Plus, meeting them can help give you a sense of the neighbourhood and their experience living there.

 

Outdoor storage

Outdoor storage buildings or sheds don’t usually get much consideration from house hunters, but they absolutely should. Even if the house you’re looking at has a garage, a separate storage shed can make a huge difference. Nobody wants to clog their garage with yard tools, a lawn mower, and family bikes, right?  If the home has a storage shed on the property already — bonus! If it doesn’t, is there room to put one in?

 

Cell Signal

With landlines quickly becoming a thing of the past and more people going fully wireless, a good cell signal is essential. As you’re walking around and exploring the home, check to see if you get a good signal in all rooms. Nobody wants to be in the middle of an important phone call and have the signal drop when you walk into the next room! If you can’t get a signal, are you willing to put in a landline, or is this a deal breaker for you?

 

Noise

Noise is another one that might seem obvious to some, but it can get lost in the long checklist of things people are already searching for. Is there a lot of plane or train traffic? Is the home near a highway or a busy road? If you or anyone you’ll be living with is a light sleeper, noise might be a significant issue. 

 

Don’t skip the home inspection!

Home inspections aren’t required before you buy a home, but it’s something that’s highly recommended. Despite how well you think you’ve examined a house or even if there’s a new home warranty, you should still get the inspection. Some people may not want to take on the extra cost, but the home inspector will examine every area of the property: ceilings, walls, roof, foundation, electricity, plumbing, mould, odour, and water damage. They’ll also provide a list of home improvements that need to be completed to fix any issues, so you can know what you’re getting into before you buy.


The most important thing for any home buyer, especially first-time buyers, is hiring the right REALTOR®. It’s important to have a qualified, experienced REALTOR® that you trust, like a Garman Group MLS REALTOR®. Get in touch with us today to get started, and we’ll help you find your dream home!