Things to Consider when Purchasing a Home
Written by: Keith T. Eades
Too much house
This one requires some thought before you actually nail the deal. How much house do you really need? Just because you’re pre-approved for a hefty purchase price doesn’t mean you should go as big as you can.
Fixing up your outside area ASAP
Once you close on your home and move in, you might be itching to host your first late-season barbecue. Or maybe you’ve been dreaming about a koi pond forever! Just hold on updating your outdoor space shouldn’t be your first priority, especially if you’re tight on cash. Unlike couches and beds, which are essential to a functioning house, landscaping and decor can be put on pause.
Old, outdated insurance
Still using the same company that offered you renters insurance seven years ago? It might be time for a change. Shop around! Just because the same company had a good deal on auto or renters insurance doesn’t mean it’s the best fit to protect your home. Go through all your options with a fine-toothed comb, looking for a deal that won’t crush you financially, but also leaves your house and its belongings secure. After all, now it’s not just your stuff, it’s your roof, yard, and foundation you have to protect, too.
If you’re moving from an apartment, chances are good you’re astounded by how much space you have. Don’t feel like you have to fill it all at once. Give yourself and your home time for personality to emerge. Instead of immediately stuffing the TV room with a generic, new couch and coffee table, wait it out. See what you really need and what you really like. In the meantime, stick the money you save into a renovation fund.
Having your own yard is definitely exciting, and while it’s important to keep it healthy and watered, you don’t need to go overboard. Resist the pressure to hire additional help for your yard. You don’t have to pay someone an exorbitant amount of money to come out and cut your grass. Don’t be tempted by the sales pitches you’ll inevitably receive after your purchase goes through. A gorgeous lawn is achievable and it can be done all on your own.