Must-haves and a wish list

A checklist for Cowichan Valley homes

When looking at properties, try to imagine yourself living there for at least five years. The ideal home is one that can grow and change with your needs. For example, a two-bedroom condo might be more suitable in the long-term compared to a one-bedroom. It’s expensive to move so try to find something that you won’t outgrow quickly. When creating your checklist for Cowichan Valley homes, consider your lifestyle and ask these questions.

  • How much space do you really need?
  • Do you need a home office?
  • Is there enough parking?
  • If you have a pet, do you need a small yard?
  • What features are must-have?
  • What do you consider to be your preferred location?

New or used?

A newly constructed house or condo has never been lived in. You’re the first! Advantages include:

  • Modern, up-to-date materials
  • Energy-efficient features
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • 10-year home warranty

A “resale” home can offer value with a larger lot or a more established neighbourhood but usually has higher maintenance costs or may even need refurbishing.


Make a list of all the location features you’re looking for. Schools, shopping, and bus routes nearby can make daily living simpler and less expensive. Research commuting times and factor extra expenses, if any. Ask us about future development in your preferred area to see if the location will suit your lifestyle in five or ten years.


Are you looking forward to quiet and solitude or would you prefer the closeness of a townhouse back yard? Newer homes are often situated on smaller lots which is something to keep in mind. Do you want to spend time outdoors without being overlooked or do you appreciate a friendly wave from the neighbour? Answering these questions and imagining how you will use your property are a few keys to long-term satisfaction with your purchase.


Homes come in all sizes, from the most efficient bachelor suite to the grandest home in the city. Knowing how much space you need is a good starting point for defining your requirements. It may be better to buy something a little larger than you need rather than outgrow your space too quickly. If you’re looking for a one bedroom apartment, consider a two bedroom to create an office space or guest bedroom.


If you’re concerned about security then you may want to consider a condo or gated community. With this type of home, it’s easy to lock the door and go to your next adventure without the need to worry about yardwork or perimeter security.

Contact Constantin and Mariana Popa to help you put together a great checklist for Cowichan Valley homes.

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