You have just handed over a sizable part of your lifetime savings to purchase your dream home. Not only have you given away a good part of your savings to your new home, but now your expenses have increased because of your new home. You now have to worry about utility bills, taking care of your lawn among other things. Cash is tight for many first-time homeowners.
So before you go out and purchase a whole new set of furniture for your new home take a step back. Lets consider the expenses you should think about before decorating your new home.
Do Not Ignore Costs For Important Care
Among those newest expenses that follow home ownership is repairs. You may have purchased a fixer upper that needs some work. Maybe you have to to put some love into a bathroom or certain rooms. Make sure to set aside money to do these renovations. Many times a home cannot function well without a certain bathroom and certainly not when the kitchen is out of order. Make sure you take care of any small issues and repairs immediately. These repairs can turn into significant expensive one’s if they are not taken care of.
The bright side is that when the repairs are done, you will have a semi-customized home to your liking. And you probably will not have to put much money into it in the future.
Hire Licensed Contractors
If you are the DIY king and queen then by all means do the home improvements yourself. If you aren’t and find yourself online trying to figure out how to fix your plumbing, please take a step back. Your home is where you live and an investment. You need to make sure to put in quality work where ever you need repairs.
There is nothing wrong with painting yourself, but when there is no wiring for the electrical opener in your own garage, do not cut a hole in the walls and begin playing with aluminum wiring. Hiring professionals to perform work you do not understand how to do is the best way to keep your home in top condition and prevent injuries.
Hire An Accountant
Hiring an accountant because you bought a house might seem unnecessary. However, it is extremely necessary. Employing an accountant to be sure that you finish your return properly and optimize your refund is a fantastic idea. Home ownership significantly affects most people’s tax situations as well as also the deductions they’re qualified to claim.
Having your taxes done by an accountant at least for your first year of home ownership will at least give you a guideline for the following years. You can then do your taxes yourself.
Your mortgage lender needs you not just to buy homeowners insurance, but to buy enough to fully replace the house in case of an entire loss. But that is only one type of insurance policy you want as a homeowner. Should you share your home with anyone who depends upon your income to cover the mortgage, then you are going to require life insurance with this individual named as a lien so they won’t lose the home if you die suddenly.
The Most Important Thing
You have to handle your finances well enough to maintain your home and keep the home’s state well enough to secure your investment and keep your family safe. Do not allow the excitement of becoming a new homeowner direct you to poor financial decisions or oversights that endanger your physical or financial safety.
Few things are more exciting than making the jump from being a tenant to becoming a first-time homeowner. Getting swept up in all of the excitement is a fantastic feeling. However, as a first-time homeowner you need to make sure you know certain things. By doing some initial home maintenance you can save time, money, and effort.