Planning A Successful House Hunting Trip (HHT)
A successful HHT is a crucial part of your upcoming relocation. Here are my Top 6 tips to keep in mind while planning for your successful HHT:
#1 – Sufficient Funds. Ensure you have sufficient funds for your HHT. If you’re in the CAF, the finances section of “Your Move Profile” will help you estimate and request advanced funds before you leave on your HHT, if required.
#2 – Timing is Key. If you’re planning to buy, it is recommended that you go on your HHT 2 to 3 months before your anticipated date of possession. If you’re planning on renting this can be shortened to about 1 to 2 months.
#3 – Plan with 3rd Party Service Providers. If you’re planning on buying this includes contacting a Realtor® as well as a Lawyer in advance of leaving on your HHT. A Realtor® will help narrow your potential options and keep you focused. If you’re planning on renting, contact a rental agent beforehand so that they understand your needs and can help find rental properties tailored to you.
#4 – Seek Pre-Approval. This ensures that you are prepared to make a firm offer if necessary or sign a lease.
#5 – Make time to Visit & Explore. If you have a family this is a great time to explore different housing based on location and access to schools, parks, shops etc. You’ll be thankful you did once you relocate.
#6 – Location, Location, Location. Otherwise known as the three most important things in Real Estate. Ask yourself the following questions: What amenities are close by? Community services? Schools? What is the crime rate like in your neighbourhood/town? Demographic? Long-term value/resale? All important things to keep in mind.
If you’ve been posted to CFB Petawawa or posted out I’d love to chat. We can work on setting you up for a successful HHT and ensure a smooth transition while you relocate.