Whether you’re in the military, or your corporate company has decided to open a new office on the other side of the country, a well-planned house hunting trip can be the difference between stress and success.
As soon as you find out the date and location you’ll be heading to, it’s time to put the wheels in motion. Follow these tips for ensuring a smooth house-hunting trip from start to finish.
Get Your Current Home on the Market ASAP
You’ll want to list your current home as soon as possible to ensure that it sells before or shortly after you leave for your new destination. Work with a local realtor who can accurately price your home so it sells quickly, but within the expected range for similarly priced properties in your area.
Contact a Mortgage Broker
Next, you’ll want to talk to a mortgage broker in your new city and set out a budget that you are comfortable with. Once that amount is determined, the mortgage broker can work with a variety of banks and private lenders to ensure you both get approved for the mortgage as well as get you the best rate possible.
Contact a Local Real Estate Agent
Know what you’re looking for in terms of both a home and surroundings. Do you have kids in school? Prefer to walk while running your errands? Have a dog and require a fenced yard? Discuss your needs (and your wants!) with a local agent and ask them to source some appropriate homes for you that match your budget and lifestyle goals. This way, when it comes time for you to arrive at your new destination to look at homes, your agent will have viewings already lined up for you, ensuring you make the most of your short time in the area.
If you’re anticipating a move to Ottawa, contact the team here at The Guy With The Dog Real Estate Group; we’re happy to help you find the perfect home in the right location for you.
Put in an Offer!
Once you’ve found a home, your real estate agent can facilitate the offer process and any negotiating while you return home and begin packing. If your company (or the Government) has relocated you, they may provide packers and movers for you. If not, the real estate agent who listed your home may be able to refer a trusted company to you to help alleviate the stress of doing it yourself.
Are you relocating to or from Ottawa? The Guy With The Dog Real Estate Group is happy to help assist you in any way possible to help make both the house-hunting trip and the move as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. Contact us today and let’s talk.