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New Year, New Home

A lot of people use the New Year as an opportunity to start fresh and renewed; lifestyle changes are one of the most popular ways people do so. But New Years’ resolutions aren’t the only way you can make a change; moving into a new home in the New Year is another way you can practice the “Out with the old, in with the new” adage. Looking for a new home this year? Here are a couple of ways you can easily find the perfect home:

Establish a Budget

There are plenty of homes available to rent or buy in West Calgary, but how do you know which home is right for you and your family? The best thing you can do before even beginning your search is to establish a budget. What can you afford when it comes to monthly payments and the initial down payment? Don’t forget to factor in a home’s maintenance and upkeep costs you may gain over time. Be honest with yourself about what you can and can’t afford.

Decide Your Needs

Once you’ve created your budget, determine what your needs are. Do you need a larger space for a bigger family? Are you an empty nester in need of a smaller space? What about amenities? Do you need access to schools? How far are you willing to commute to and from work? All of these things are just the beginning of what you should be thinking about when considering a new home. When you think about your needs, also think long-term instead of short-term. Will the needs you’re establishing now be the same in 5 years? A home is an important investment, so it’s important that you think about the things you will need over time.

After you’ve created a budget and decided what your needs are now and in the future, you can then begin your search for your new home. With this information in tow, you can easily narrow down the communities and eventually homes that are right for you. Happy New Year, and happy home hunting!