Closing costs are a list of charges your lawyer presents to you on the closing date of your home. Many people are surprised at the additional costs over and above the price of the home. With Meng Estates, you will receive expert advice on your anticipated closing costs so you can buy and/or sell with no surprises, just total peace of mind.

According to the CMHC and Genworth Financial, you should reserve at least 1.5% of the purchase price for closing costs in addition to your down payment (though we recommend you hold back around 2.5% to be on the safe side).

Closing costs vary among provinces and cities. Below you will find a brief explanation of these costs. Please note these are some of the closing costs you may encounter depending on your specific situation. Use the information below as a guideline, then speak with your lawyer for a more realistic estimate on your situation.

Appraisal fee

An appraisal provides the lender with a professional opinion of the market value of the property. This cost is normally the responsibility of the homeowner and it can cost between $100-$300.

Home inspection

A professional inspection of the home, top to bottom, is for the benefit of the buyer. A home inspection can cost anywhere from $300-$400 and is well worth the investment. When hiring a home inspector, make sure the inspector has liability insurance just in case they overlook something significant.

Fire insurance

Mortgage lenders require a certificate of fire insurance to be in place from the time you take possession of the home. The amount required is generally the amount of the mortgage or the replacement cost of the home. This cost can vary on the property size, amount of coverage, the insurance company and the municipality. The cost can vary anywhere from $250-$600 annually for most properties.

Provincial sales tax on mortgage insurance

If your mortgage is insured, (CMHC or Genworth Financial), you will be required to pay the applicable taxes on the insurance premium on closing. While the insurance premium can be added to the mortgage amount, the tax must be paid at closing.

Land survey or title insurance

A recent survey of the property is usually required by lenders. If one is not available, the cost can range between $600-$900 for a new survey. In lieu of the survey, most lenders today will accept title insurance, which can cost considerably less.

Land transfer tax

Most provinces charge a land transfer tax payable by the purchaser; Toronto also charges a land transfer tax in addition to the provincial tax. The amount varies depending on the province. Land transfer tax is based on the purchase price. First-time homebuyers purchasing a new or re-sale home may be entitled to a refund.

New home warranty

In most provinces, new homes are covered by a new home warranty program. The cost to the purchaser for this warranty is approximately $600. Should the builder default or fail to build to an agreed-upon standard, the fund will finish or repair the deficiencies to a maximum amount. For more information on the new home warranty in Ontario, visit tarion.com.

HST

HST is payable on the purchase of newly constructed homes only. If you are purchasing a new home, make sure you know who pays this – you or the builder. On the offer, the purchase price will say “Plus HST” or “HST Included” and who gets any HST rebates. Many builders have included this cost into the purchase price so the buyer does not have to come up with the funds at closing.

Closing adjustments

An estimate should be made on closing adjustments for bills the seller has prepaid such as property taxes, utility bills and other charges. Any bills after the closing date are the responsibility of the purchaser. A lawyer will let you know what they are once the various searches have been completed.