Creating a wishlist is a great way to find the ideal home amongst the multitude of Kelowna houses for sale.
At any given time, there are plenty of Kelowna houses for sale in the Okanagan real estate market. As we head towards fall, the inventory typically increases as this is recognized as a popular time of year for listings. Yet, among all of the offerings, how do you choose which one is right for you?
Rather than head into homebuyer-mode blindly, it’s a good idea to determine your needs and get an idea of what you’re looking for in a home. After all, there are many options available:
- Single-family home
- Manufactured home
- Land only
Our Okanagan realtors have come up with some points to consider before you begin searching among the Kelowna houses for sale:
Set Your Priorities
A great way to start your house hunting campaign is to list the features you would like to have on your new property. You can then add a little flexibility to your search by separating these amenities into the following categories:
- Essential: Things you can’t live without
- Important: Things you really want but aren’t necessarily a deal-breaker
- Desired: Things you’d consider as bonus features
Sort Through Potential Features
No two properties are alike, yet they all seem to share certain features and similarities. Here are some of the more common items you should consider when building your priority list:
Type of housing: Do you want the privacy of a single-family home or the ease of a condominium?
Price range: Probably the single most important factor in deciding how much you want to invest in a property.
Location: Living close to work, school and local amenities is a huge convenience.
Number of bedrooms: How big is your family now, and do you intend to make it bigger?
Number of bathrooms: Another reflection of family size.
Design and layout: Do you prefer an open plan with lots of window light or a cozy log home?
Energy efficiency: Newer homes are built with more energy-efficient technology.
Condition: Do you want a brand new home or a bit of a fixer-upper?
Quality of construction: It’s possible to find older homes with ‘good bones.’
Upkeep: Will your new home require a ton of yard work?
Privacy: Cul de sacs and quiet roads are ideal for those seeking solitude.
Heat source: Gas, electric, wood or a combination thereof? Furnace, fireplace, radiators or baseboards?
Lot size: Do you need space for animals or a large vegetable garden?
Appliances: Would you prefer a matching set of energy-efficient appliances?
Outdoor amenities: Mature trees, waterfront or a well-kept garden are always nice.
Parking: There’s a lot to be said for having a level lot with easy access.
Once you have an idea of the type of property you desire, you should relay this information to your Kelowna realtor. If you haven’t chosen one, check out our post: How to Choose a Realtor.
Are you about to begin home shopping among the Kelowna houses for sale? At Quincy Vrecko & Associates, we’ll help find the ideal home based on your needs and budget. Call us to discuss your property investment goals.