Don't Forget About These Things When You Budget for Your First Home!
Wednesday, 31 October 2018, 11:50:00 AM
If you are getting ready to purchase your first home, there are many things that may not make it into your budget. While you may be focused on the excitement of the home itself, certain items added to your budget may make your overall experience after you move in more comfortable.
Although the furniture isn't a requirement when purchasing a home, many homeowners wish they had the funds to furnish the living spaces with new items right away. Saving for this makes homeownership much sweeter in the end. If you don't wish to save for the whole home, the living spaces should get some attention or even a new sofa!
Appliances, paint, fixtures, and lighting can make a new home purchase feel like it is indeed your ideal home. It is a little bit of work up front to get something that feels like you live there. These items have an upfront cost but the payoff is great. These are great things to think about when negotiating a price as well. If the home needs some updates, don't be afraid to give an offer that is below the asking price.
There may be things in the home that need to be fixed when you move in, or they may break right after you move in. Being prepared with savings for home maintenance or emergencies is a good way to keep your new home in steady working condition. Repairs can be very high if something is missed during the inspection of a home. If you plan on doing home maintenance yourself, there should still be a bit of emergency money set away for those things that you may not be able to do alone!
Make sure you ask about all of the costs of the home purchasing process. Your REALTORŪ should be able to discuss this with you and let you know exactly what you will be responsible for when purchasing the home you decide on. This will help you stick to a more accurate budget.
Your Perfect Space
If you can't make your whole home perfectly the way you want it, an agreed upon space can be decorated and furnished to be a sanctuary for you. Feeling like you are at home can come from one space that reflects how you love to entertain, relax, enjoy your family, or work. A room that reflects your personality will show your guests just how well much the home compliments your style.
When purchasing a home it can be an emotional journey. Considering how you will feel once you've lived in the home will help you budget for the little things that will make the end of your home buying journey peaceful. Money is never the only consideration in homebuying but if you want your home to reflect your style it is an investment that is easier done with savings prior to the purchase of the home.
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