When buying a new home, many people mistakenly assume that any issues with the home would have come up during the sale process. While this is usually true if the homeowners are aware of the problem and want to be forthcoming, it isn’t the case if homeowners are unaware that there’s even an issue.

Issues will always crop up after you’ve moved into a new home, whether this is from an actual problem with the home or from something only you view as a problem. For these reasons, it’s important to consider what you want and don’t want in a home before putting an offer down.

Consider what you’re looking for in a home based on things you have liked and disliked about past places you have lived. Even if you have only lived in apartments, you can still glean a lot of information about your preferences for where you live.

No matter what you enjoy in a home, here are three features we believe every home should have.

Air exchanger

If you are buying a newer home, you should know that you are buying a tighter home. Efficiency standards have skyrocketed in recent years and homes are now rating incredibly high for energy efficiency and heat stability. While this is great for your heating bill, one thing your home won’t be able to do very well is breathe.

Older homes were hard to heat and the wind often snuck in through cracks in the walls, however, the one benefit of these drafty old homes was that the air turned over quite regularly. Not so in new homes! For example, an R-2000 home is so well sealed against drafts that the air within the home won’t turn over unless it gets a helping hand. This helping hand comes in the form of air exchanger.

 Now standard in newly built home, air exchangers ensure proper ventilation by transferring old, stale air out and fresh, new air in. Don’t worry about them unnecessarily heating or cooling your home though! Air exchangers also warm the air entering your home so as not to annihilate your heating bill.

Storage Space

Something homebuyers might overlook during the initial walk through is storage space. The average person owns much more stuff than they actually think they do, which will become painfully apparent if you move into a home that lacks storage space. Open closet doors to make sure they are as large as you assumed they were. Visualize how your stuff would fit in the space or, even better, measure to make sure your items will fit. You would be amazed at how our eyes see a space versus how big it actually is.


We all want to feel safe in our homes, so it’s important that you consider the security in and around your new home. Look for information on the neighbourhood and on past crime statistics. Don’t feel shy to knock on neighbours doors and see how they feel about the area (and get a feel for the neighbours as well).

Is your home well lit outside? If not, look to install security lights that activate with movement so that you will feel secure stepping outside at night.

When in your home, look for windows that could be easily shimmied open or lack locks (this is especially prevalent with older style sash windows). It’s also important to remember to contact a locksmith in Toronto to change the locks on every exterior door in the home, garage, and any outbuildings to make sure you and your family are the only people with access to the home.

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