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  • Writer's pictureAlain Dussault

8 Things To Look For When You Visit A House In The Outaouais

Updated: Jun 28, 2022

Are you shopping for a property? Here are a few things to look for when visiting what could be your next home.

1.- Noise.

Does the street noise meet your level of tolerance? Is there a bus stop nearby or heavy truck passage? Open the windows, go out on the balcony and take note of the setting… Do you think it’s a noisy environment? Is there a corner store, bar or restaurant nearby? Do the walls seem soundproof?

2.- Odours and Humidity.

Are there any specific odours? Can you see signs of excessive humidity (washrooms, baseboards, under sinks and elsewhere)? Do you see mold under windows or on the walls? Can you smell humidity or mildew? Are there signs of seepage? Does the toilet tank leak?

3.- Ventilation.

Is there a ventilation system in the kitchen and bathroom? Does the ventilation system vent outdoors? Are the ventilation grates clean? Is the ventilation system too noisy? Is there an outdoor connection for the dryer?

4.- Maintenance and renovation.

Is the paint recent? Are the windows in good condition? Do they open properly? Do you think they will be easy to maintain? Have there been any recent renovations?

5.- Natural light and storage.

Is there enough daylight? Is there enough storage?

6.- Health.

Does this house correspond to your family's health requirements? … for example, is the floor covering unsuitable to someone who is allergic?

7.- An important intermediary.

Choose a competent real estate broker that will listen to your needs. A good Realtor will make a pre-selection of properties and will save you a lot of time.

8.- Additional information.

For more information on purchasing a home, talk to your Realtor. You can also call the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation at 1-800-668-2642.

In conclusion

Buying a home is a real challenge. It is also without a doubt the biggest purchase of your life. But if you know how to go about it and you get good advice, it can be a stimulating and enriching experience… especially on the date you take possession.


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