The home buying process is different for everybody. Some people can find what they are looking for after seeing only a handful of homes, while others spend years and countless fruitless viewings and simply cannot find what they want in a home...
Finding the right Ucluelet home to buy is a process. This is certain. But the process can be made a whole lot easier when you know not only what you're looking for, but also what you can over-look in each home. Because there may be elements of a home that don't quite fit the bill - but can be easily transformed with relatively little effort, to make for the perfect Ucluelet home for you and your family.
Below are a list of things that you SHOULD NOT dwell on when buying a home, and what you could benefit from considering instead:
Even if you are repulsed by the colours that the previous owners have painted inside or outside of the home, remember that they can always be changed! There's even an opportunity there for you to be able to personalize the home to your liking by repainting once you move in.
Painting the house may seem daunting, but rest assured that a good paint job will last for many years and can even help protect the home from the elements. And you should know that painting is an inexpensive project to hire out, and you will be very happy when the house has transformed into the home you had imagined once the paint is dry.
When looking at homes, ignore the paint colours and instead focus on the architectural details of the house. Does it have enough rooms? Enough windows? These are the things that cannot be easily changed and are of great importance to your future happiness in the home.
It can be difficult to see beyond the style that the current home-owners have chosen, especially if they have packed a lot of 'stuff' into the house. But find a way to ignore the furniture in a home that is for sale because more than likely, it will be gone when the home-owners leave.
In the off-chance that the furniture is staying with the home, it can easily be sold at a garage sale, or donated to a local charity, many of which offer free pick-up on donations.
Instead, focus on the size and lay-out of each room. Some will find it helpful to make sketches or to ask for a printed lay-out of the home so that they can get a better visual of what the empty space will be. Will all of your furniture fit into the space? Will you need to buy furniture to fill the empty spaces? These are the more important questions to be asking yourself when shopping for a new home.
In most cases, the window treatments will stay attached to the walls, but they are quite easy and affordable to change so they should not be a consideration when you are searching for that perfect home.
The window treatments that are currently there may impede light or simply not be to your taste, but you will have no problem changing the style of the room with a simple swap of curtains or shades. This is just another case of you being able to personalize the space to your taste once the home is yours.
What is really important when it comes to windows is that they are energy efficient and that they allow a nice amount of light into the home. These are two things that really need to be in place for you to be happy in the home for a long time to come. It's not an easy job to change all the windows in a home, so put your attention on their quality, not what they look like.
Often times light fixtures will also stay with the home, but just as with the window treatments, they are relatively easy to swap out with something new. And the best part is, this kind of renovation can usually be done DIY style, so the cost will be rather inexpensive. Remember, it's just another way that you can personalize it to your taste. If the light fixtures that you are removing are in good shape, you may be able to sell them for a few dollars or simply donate them to a local charity.
Instead of putting any emphasis on the current light fixtures, pay close attention to the electrical wiring and how many light fixtures are in each room. Even go so far as to count the electrical outlets in the rooms, as adding more will certainly cost you a pretty penny. Be sure that your entertainment system will have a good grounded outlet, and that you will be able to blow dry your hair in the bathroom.
If you are, or are planning to become a parent or a pet-owner, you will most likely be desiring a home with a fenced-in yard. They offer privacy and safety and are certainly a perk to have when it comes to buying a new Ucluelet home. But don't rule out a home if the fence is sub-standard or non-existant because fences are relatively easy and inexpensive to install.
If you are handy, it can be a short-lived outdoor project, but even if you are not, there are many easy options for installation, and you will have the right fence for you and your family in no time.
It is much more important to focus on the other details of the yard, such as the size, sunlight and slope. If you plan to garden in Ukee, you will certainly need a good fence, but also you will need good drainage and sunlight. And if you have kids, the terrain needs to be safe and maneuverable. These things are much more important than a perfect fence because they cannot be easily changed.
Living in Ucluelet is a possibility that we invite you to explore! If you have any more questions about buying a home in Ucluelet, please feel free to contact us.