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Buying a second home

Define your needs and expectations

Buying a second home is exciting! To make sure everything goes well, start buy defining your needs and expectations.

Define your needs and expectations

Thinking about buying a year-round or seasonal second home?

A cottage, country-house or condo can provide a change of scenery and lasting memories.

Before starting the process, you have to prepare. Why not take some good advice?


  • Your personal situation, life priorities, and required services

    You need to evaluate all of the financial and practical consequences buying a home will have on the next 3 to 5 years. Remember that location is key.

    You should also consider your other projects, specific needs and lifestyle changes.

  • Economic activity and potential increase in value

    The place and location of your property will have repercussions on your budget as well as on the resale value of your property. Is the community sought after? Are taxes reasonable? Is the zoning appropriate?

  • Your expectations in terms of energy efficiency and health

    Some criteria to guide you:

    • Type and size of home
    • Heating and ventilation system
    • Insulation quality (air tightness of building envelope)
    • Performance of windows and doors
    • Materials used and repercussions on the health of the occupants
    • Air and water quality

Building a green second home

There are many benefits to green homes: they provide a healthy and comfortable environment for occupants and they leave a smaller environmental footprint on the planet. Since they're more energy-efficient, they also save you money year after year.

Learn more - Define your needs and expectations