The secret of getting ahead is getting started
- Mark Twain
It doesn't matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop
First and last month’s rent
Condo fees and deposits
Home Owners’ Association fees (HOA)
New home warranty and utility hook-up charges (if it is a newly constructed home you are buying)
Home warranty covering home systems and appliances
Private Mortgage Insurance
Real estate commissions
Land transfer tax
Paint decorating (new and/or old house)
Yard work, landscaping, and gardening (new and/or old house)
Disability access, refitting, and functionality
House hunting trip
Travel (plane, bus, train, taxi, car rental, fuel, parking, etc.)
Sports, clubs, and hobbies
Pet care, veterinarian fees, and transportation
Moving licensing and insuring automobile
Recreational vehicles (boats, trailers, motor bikes, etc.)
Moving and storage of household goods
Cleaning (furnace, ducts, eaves troughs, carpets, floors, windows, walls, bathrooms, etc.)
Phone, cable, and internet (disconnect and/or hook-up)
Utility disconnects and servicing
Utility hook-up or refitting at destination
Consider the emotional expenses on:
**Communicate early and often**
Do they have a moving policy?
Do they work with a relocation firm?
Do they provide a lump sum amount for the move?
Do you submit expenses for reimbursement?
Will they take direct invoices from movers? (This frees up your cash)
Are you on your own?
Track all expenses and keep all hard copy receipts.
I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust the sails to reach my destination
- Jimmy Dean
What about your partner’s career?
Ask for a transfer from your current employer.
Consider hiring a career counselor.
Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals
- LL Cool J
Crime level in the area.
Distance to work, school, friends and family.
Access to public transit and major roads.
If you have children: Are parks and play areas nearby? What about schools?
Local amenities: entertainment, recreation facilities, shopping centers, libraries, restaurants, etc.
Traffic: Are the roads busy? What about heavy traffic at rush hour or seasonal times?
What is your general impression of the air quality?
How are the noise levels in the area at different times of the day and night?
You are always a student never a master. You have to keep moving forward
- Conrad Hall
What features and options are most important to you?
Always keep the location in mind when shopping.
Are you looking for a furnished or an unfurnished space?
Is parking required?
Are you interested in a high-rise, low-rise, townhouse or house?
How many bedrooms?
What’s the minimum number of bathrooms?
Accommodates child or adult living?
cable / satellite TV
smoking or nonsmoking
deck / porch
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow
- Helen Keller
What if you don’t like the place? Ask up front and get the lease breaking criteria in writing.
You can have your goods covered for most situations, even if you rent (fire, smoke, water damage, etc.).
Check various websites to find shared accommodations or roommates.
Positive anything is better than negative nothing
- Elbert Hubbard
Give your current landlord written notice, and make arrangements for the return of any deposits.
Delete the negative; accentuate the positive
- Donna Karan
How long have you been in the business, actively selling real estate?
What is your average list-to-sale price ratio? (What did you list at and sell for?)
How will you customize your marketing plan to meet my needs?
Can you provide me with three references?
What makes you different from all the others?
What if I am not happy with your service?
What do you charge?
Ask yourself and them the following questions:
How experienced or comfortable are you in selling real estate?
Will you be available for showings?
What price should you list for?
How flexible are you willing to be with your price?
Will you negotiate?
What has to be done to make the home show well?
How much time do you have?
Where will you find buyers?
Are you familiar with real estate Purchase and Sale Agreements?
Do you know how to qualify buyers?
What happens to deposit-monies?
De-clutter; sort, pack, and store all the knickknacks
Depersonalize; lose the family photos, religious symbols, books, magazines, etc.
Neutralize; paint and decorate in neutral colours
Clean and repair everything inside and out
Remove all signs of pets, toys, water bowls, litter boxes, etc.
Pick up some decorative containers or a storage ottoman to hide kids toys
Visit a new home development; take a look at the model homes for tips
Consider hiring a professional stager
Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out
- John Wooden
What will your lifestyle be in 5 years?
What home makes the most sense to you?
How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need?
Remember location, location, location.
If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.
- Jim Rohn
Trust because you are willing to accept the risk, not because it's safe or certain
Always look at location, location, location
Curb appeal: condition of the front of the home and yard
Condo: check that the lobby is tidy and that it has a clean common area, pool and exercise room, etc.
Condition of exterior siding, paint, or brick
Straight lines: does the home look solid?
Condition of roof
Condition of pool, sheds, and fencing
Closet and pantry space
Signs of mold
Take photos and make notes