Nice to Haves in A New PropertyShopping for a new home can be an overwhelming experience. When you’re busy looking at multiple homes over a short period, it can be easy to miss details in a house which might add a lot of value to you and your family’s living experience in the long run. In this blog, we’ll look at several updates, installations and features you should look for in a property when choosing a new home.


New Windows

The state of a house’s windows is an often-overlooked feature when people are buying a property. If the house is on a highly trafficked street, modern windows can insulate much of the noise from cars passing by. Depending on their quality, windows can also save you money in the long run by being energy efficient and keeping heat in your home. Make sure you look at the state of the windows at the next open house or guided home tour you attend.


This may seem obvious, but a garage can add a lot of value to a property. Their main function is usually to store your cars and keep them protected from the elements. In Canada, this can be particularly important because car bodies can wear quickly -- often from corrosion due to salt on winter streets. A secondary use of a garage is that of a place to store extra stuff. It can also be a great place to work on home improvement projects.

Updated Appliances

Check all the appliances to determine their age and how long you think it will be before they must be replaced. The obvious ones are the fridge, oven, microwave and dishwasher, but don’t forget about things like the hot water heater and if the home has one, a secondary storage freezer. Replacing each of these alone can cost hundreds of dollars, and if multiple units need replacing it can an extremely expensive investment. These are just a few of the things you should be checking when considering a new property. For more home buying and selling tips and insider information, check out our blog. If you’re looking for help in your next property sale or purchase in the Cambridge, ON area, contact Dewar Realty at: 519-222-1540.

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