It goes without saying that purchasing a house is a costly endeavor. In fact, financing a house is likely to be one of the most expensive purchases you will make in your lifetime. For those who have previously bought a house, the home buying process is not as startling or challenging as the first round of homeownership. Veteran homeowners know what to anticipate, what to avoid, and can create a more realistic cost budget.
As someone in the market to purchase a house for the first time, however, it’s vital to be aware of some of the costs that are involved in this process that isn’t often talked about. That way, you can be sure that you’re making the right choice when it comes to your new home, and you’re not stretching your budget too much. Read on to find out more.
First Time Homebuyers – Home Maintenance And Repairs
Home upkeep and repairs are often underestimated or completely unanticipated. Recognise that you may need to make repairs to the house you purchase, particularly following the survey, assuming you still want to go ahead with the process.
Looking at a house that’s in your budget but needs a lot of work doing to it might seem like a good idea. After all, you can save money on the purchase and then repair the house as you go along. However, this can sometimes be a mistake, and in some cases, it might be better to pay more at the start and have a house that’s fit to live in. You’ll need to plan out the renovations thoroughly, from contacting architecture firms to the final bill, so you know whether or not the purchase will save you money or cost you more than you anticipate.
First Time Homebuyers – Utility Bills
If you’re moving from rented accommodation in which the landlord pays the bills, or if you’re moving from a small flat to a larger house, or if you’re going from mains gas to something like LPG, electric storage heaters, or oil central heating, then the actual costs of the utility bills might surprise you, and it could be that you just didn’t expect the prices to be quite so high.
To get a decent idea of how much your utilities may cost, ask a friend in the neighborhood or speak to your potential new neighbours, and conduct some research to develop a reliable estimate. Then, ensure that you have some funds set up to cover the excess.
First Time Homebuyers – Moving Costs
It will have taken many hard weeks, maybe even months, to get to the stage where, finally, you can move your belongings from one property to another. Of course, all those weeks before would have been expensive ones, but it’s crucial you have set enough money aside to be able to pay your moving costs too. If not, you’ll have to try to do it all yourself, hiring a cheap van and making multiple trips back and forth, lugging heavy furniture around. This is a daunting prospect if you are moving just down the road, but what if you’re moving hundreds of miles away? It’s just not going to be possible.
As well as the removal costs themselves, you’ll have to pay for cleaning materials, a thorough cleaning, moving supplies, and even meals after you’ve settled there. Call moving firms ahead of time to obtain estimates to plan for these costs. You can also enlist the help of friends and family on moving day. Create a budget based on your objectives.