Build Your Ottawa House Buying / Selling Team
Think of your house buying and selling as one huge project and you are the project manager. Project Managers will tell you up front that they are not necessarily experts in every area of the project but that they can find the resources, create a team, set a project schedule with milestones and, in the end, be able to evaluate the success of the project. Now you, the home Buyer/Seller are going to be the manager with your own PMBOK – Project Management Body of Knowledge, including creating the team.
Who do you need?
- You – Project Manager along with your spouse, significant other
- Your investors - Your mortgage broker / banker/ Mom and Dad
- Your trusted “experts” - People who your believe will give you an honest opinion about your choices because they have no vested interest. These people could be your uncle the builder, cousin who lives in the area, your contractor who has been working with you for years, etc.
- Your REALTOR®
- Your home inspector and any other certified inspectors needed for specific analysis such as well and septic, electrical, engineering, fire.
- Your lawyer
- A property appraiser – especially in the cases where the value of the home is in question (usually during a marital breakup, estate settlement or where more than one person will profit from the purchase or sale of a home)
- Your movers – Remember to keep them in the loop. You may need them during the showcasing of the home (to remove things to storage) and again when you make the final transition.
- Your friends and family – People who may be needed to help you pack, move furniture, unpack, drive you around and crazy, be supportive, provide babysitting services, etc. Never underestimate the value of friends and family during a sale and move.
- Your neighbours – Who will let you park in their driveway when the vans are there, take in your kids, bring over a batch of cookies, take in your mail while you own both homes, watch over the place as part of Neighbourhood Watch, buy some of your stuff during your yard sale, tell you about the good schools, doctors and hair stylists and finally, provide you with a bit of insider knowledge of who is who in the new neighbourhood.
Don’t be afraid to call upon people to be part of your “team”. Buying, selling and moving are huge endeavours and it is unrealistic to think that you can do all of this alone.
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