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Moving to Burlington, Ontario

Burlington is a wonderful city to live in. It’s relatively close to Toronto yet offers cheaper housing options, lower property taxes and a more nature feel to it. With the population on the rise Burlington is a vibrant city with many opportunities for all. Moving to Burlington has been in the minds of many people. But where do you begin? Below is some advice..

Research the neighborhoods

This is one of the most important steps of the moving process. Location is not only the key to your home’s future value, but to your own satisfaction of where you live. You want your home to be situated in an area that has the amenities you need daily. For example, if you need to be withing a walking distance of a grocery store or a school. Also consider the daily commute to/from work and see if there could be potential bottlenecks. On Google maps you can view traffic congestion at whatever times so use that to see. If parks are important to you, make sure there are some close by on the maps. Make a list of the potential neighbourhoods.

Find a local Burlington real estate agent

The entire moving experience, including home buying can be simplified and made easy with a proper realtor to represent you. You want someone who is well reputable in the area as a solid realtor you can trust. Someone who lives and loves Burlington. Read their reviews and reach out to your agent. They’re always happy to help!

Get pre-approved for the mortgage

Find a good mortgage broker in Burlington, early on in the process and let them help you figure out and sets your home budget. Each situation is unique that is why making an appointment would be recommended. During the appointment you can also ask related questions, for example about property taxes in Burlington and how they are actually among the lowest.

Prepare a Home Wishlist

Figure out what is essential, what would be nice to have and what is extra – and simply make a list. It will help you meet your home  budget, by allowing you to eliminate some things if need be. For example, a pool is nice to have, but a remodeled kitchen is a need to have. Which would you skip on if the budget was exceeding?

Get to know the neighbourhoods

Take your favourite neighbourhoods list and explore each one, not just in day but at night too. You want to get the full feel of the area at different times of the day. As you go along be observant and make an entry of what you liked or disliked for each neighbourhood you visit. For example, you didn’t see any nice parks near by, or the roads were really rough and the area wasn’t as you imagined. Or perhaps it’s even nicer than you thought. This kind of dialogue will help you narrow down the home search.

Find a Home and move in

Now that you have your budget figured out, neighbourhood picked out and a ideal home found. You want to put in an offer and finalize the deal. But the paperwork necessary to buy a home can be overwhelming. Plus all the other things you have to manage, like the move itself. It can be hectic. That’s why you need all the help you can get. That’s where your real estate agent helps out. They help during the offer process, closing day, viewings, utility connection appointments, etc.

If you are planning to buy a home in Burlington, best mid-sized city in Canada, and need some help in finding that ideal home, please don’t hesitate to ask us for help. That’s what we’re here for. We’ve connected hundreds of people with their ideal homes and we can do the same for you too. Call 905-330-2002 today or learn more about our Burlington real estate services.

Ever Wonder After The Sold Sign Goes Up, How Soon You Should Start Packing?

What is the absolute worst part about moving? Packing! Whether it be the actual task of boxing something, making sure breakables are wrapped and protected or simply taping up the boxes, no one enjoys packing for a move.  What if we told you we had some advice and tricks that could help you with the process – good news, we do!

Jewelry

Jewelry is always a tricky one.  When it comes to valuables, personally escorting it from and to your new location might be a good idea. When it comes to the less valuable every day jewelry such as earrings and necklaces, consider packing them in old egg cartons, before places in a box.  This will not only keep them organized, but will also protect them.

Another great idea is to thread your necklaces and bracelets through a straw to prevent tangling.

Kitchenware

When packing plates, we would recommend purchasing a roll of bubble wrap for added protection.  This can be purchased at an office store or even the post office.  When placing the plates in the box, try placing them standing up instead of lying flat.  This will allow you to fit more in the box.  To give them added protection, wrap them individually and then in groups of 6 to 8.

Glasses and cups

Ever wondered what to do with that solo sock whose partner has somehow gone missing?  Use them to stuff inside the glass to prevent from breaking.  Other tricks include turning handles inward when packing to maximize space.  Another great alternative when packing cups and glasses is to use beer and wine boxes from the liquor store, which are free.

Clothing

When it comes to moving clothing from dressers and hutches, consider leaving the clothes in the drawer and protecting it with plastic wrap.  You already have to move the drawers, so why create double the work for yourself.  When it comes to your closet wardrobe you might want to invest in moving boxes that allow you to keep your clothing hung.  This will allow for a simple transfer back into the closet and save you loads of time.

Electronics

Electronic cords are a frequent frustration when packing and unpacking.  To keep the cords organized and to remember what electronics the cords are for, invest in zip ties and plastic tabs for labeling.  While it might seem like a little extra work at first, it could save you hours in the long run.

Packing always takes longer than you think, so make sure you start immediately – especially with purging and donating!