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10 Tips for Buying a New Inner City Home in Calgary

10 Tips to Help With Your New Inner City Home Purchase

Are you thinking about buying a new inner city home in Calgary sometime soon? There are several items of critical importance when you buy a new infill property, the first being the implications of such a decision not only on your family and way of life, but also financially.

With so many factors to consider, it’s crucial you get only the best advice / professional representation and have all the information necessary to make the best decisions. Here are 10 simple tips to follow that will make sure you get the best value and an new inner city home that fits your wants, needs and lifestyle to the fullest.

#1 – Research the builder

If you’re buying a new inner city home in Calgary, there are some questions you’ll want to find the answers to:

  • What is the builder’s history?
  • What kind of properties are in their portfolio?
  • How long have they been in business?
  • Do they have other similar projects in Calgary?
  • Are there online reviews and if so, are they good?
  • Is there any black marks on the builder from the Better Business Bureau?

# – Visit at different times of day

If a new infill catches your interest, it’s best to visit at different times of day – morning, afternoon and evening – to understand how much natural lighting enters the home.

Different times of day may also have different activity levels on adjacent lots that may or may not be favourable for you.

# – Get a home inspection

So your really keen on making an offer on a new inner city home. That’s great! It’s important to remember, however, that just because it’s been built recently doesn’t necessarily mean its flawless. There could very well be issues that a professional home inspection would catch.

Have a third-party home inspector take a look for you – it’s well worth the cost to ensure peace of mind and confidence in buying the infill.


# – Ask for leftovers

If a new infill home in Calgary has just been recently built, chances are there’s some leftover building material laying around. It never hurts to ask the builder for this material as it could come in handy for repairs at a later date.

It can be troublesome to find the same materials for such repairs one, two or even five years down the road as most new inner city homes are not the cookie-cutter type and in some cases are fully customized.

# – Understand traffic routes

Getting to and from a new infill home in Calgary can sometimes be difficult especially if there are only a few accessible routes.

This is especially true for during rush hour; depending on you and your family’s work / school / hobbies / lifestyle, you’ll want to consider what effect nearby traffic patterns would have on your daily routine.

  1. Verify the warranty details and try to negotiate a longer comprehensive warranty
  2. Ask for extra paint, carpet, hardwood leftovers
  3. Ask for a detailed list of materials used
  4. Confirm fencing and landscaping
  5. Change the locks once you take possession
  6. Get everything between you and the builder in writing
There are many details to review as a buyer when buying a new infill home in Calgary’s inner city. As your new home and infill expert it is my job to protect your best interests and guide you through these questions and more while we accomplish your real estate goals. If I can be of assistance in any way you can search all Calgary inner city homes or send me a message below!
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