Are you thinking of moving to Kanata? As far as we’re concerned, there’s no better place to start your next chapter. Wherever you’re coming from, we can pretty much guarantee that you’ll appreciate the quality of life in this beautiful west Ottawa suburb. At the same time, you’re bound to encounter some challenges while you’re relocating—it comes with the territory. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to overcome them.
From locating your perfect piece of Kanata real estate to planning out the details of your move, learn how to make your major life transition a success in our quick relocation guide…
Put simply, Kanata is everything that a suburb should be. The area offers gorgeous green space, high-quality amenities, and great schools. By combining the best of both worlds (urban convenience and small-town friendliness), it’s become the ultimate family-oriented community.
Unlike many suburbs, Kanata is also distinct from the city it borders. While residents are just a quick commute away from central Ottawa, they live in an area that’s truly unique—one that boasts fantastic neighbourhoods and a thriving technology sector. There’s also no shortage of local attractions and events in the area. Here’s just a small sampling of the fun things to do in Kanata.
Food & Shopping
- Pure Kitchen
- Tanger Outlets
- Centrum Shopping Centre
- Signature Centre
- Canadian Tire Centre
- Landmark Cinemas
- Kanata Golf and Country Club
- South March Highlands Conservation Forest
- Tay Gallery
Learn about the Kanata area
Once you’ve officially decided to call Kanata home, it’s time to do your homework. There’s no shortage of great communities to choose from in the area, and finding the one that works best with your lifestyle will help you discover an unbeatable quality of life.
Kanata Lakes is the perfect place to start your home search if you’re looking for an upscale house, but there are also a number of older and more affordable neighbourhoods in the area. Glen Cairn is home to bike and walking trails that nature enthusiasts will adore, while Beaverbrook offers incredible outdoor recreational facilities.
These are just a handful of the wonderful communities you’ll find in the Kanata region. To learn more, dive in and do some research—and don’t forget what a great resource your real estate team can be!
Create your budget
If you’re moving to Kanata from central Ottawa, we have some great news for you. Your dollars will likely stretch a little bit further once you head west. In fact, wherever you’re coming from, you’ll find great value for your money across Kanata’s suburban communities. That said, it’s always a good idea to create a budget before you jump into the home hunt.
To start, add up your total monthly household income. Next, tally up all of your monthly expenses (from your groceries and utilities to your transportation costs) and subtract the total from what you take home each month. This number will provide a great starting point for understanding how much you can afford to put toward your mortgage. Speaking to a financial professional can help you better understand the costs of homeownership—and ensure that all of your ducks are in a row before you set a price range.
Find a great local agent
One of the most important early steps you can take towards relocating successfully is finding a great local real estate agent. We’re talking about someone who understands the local market, as well as what life in the communities you’re considering is really like. From average home prices to neighbourhood schools and typical commute times, the professional you choose should be an expert in all things Kanata.
While community and general real estate knowledge are crucial, don’t forget about the value of working with someone you trust. When you’re ready to start looking at Kanata real estate, set up a time to speak with an agent who meets your criteria. Remember that a true professional will answer all of your questions. Get to know you and your situation without pressuring you to take any immediate action.
Plan the details
We know that moving to a new area is a big deal. With so many changes on the horizon, it’s easy to forget about some of the smaller logistical steps required to get settled into your new home. That’s why we suggest getting a head start!
Once you’ve found your dream home and your offer has been accepted, it pays to look into your moving day options. Should you rent a truck, or hire movers? Do a bit of research into the best places to find supplies for your move (such as boxes and packing tape). Don’t forget to transfer your utilities and forward your mail!
Relocating almost always comes with a few challenges. Luckily, the right professional guidance and a bit of forethought can ensure that your move goes smoothly—and that you’re well positioned to make the most of your life in Kanata!
Searching for your ideal piece of Kanata real estate? Get in touch—we’d love to discuss what you’re looking for, and help you explore your options!