Top Tips For The New Homeowner*

Congratulations on your new home! You’ve come out the other side of one of the most stressful things in life that you can go through. However you handled the situation, give yourself a pat on the back and know you can move forward building your beautiful home and relax. The hardest bit is over with; now it’s time to start enjoying your hard work! 

There are some things you may not have considered yet, and prevention is better than cure when it comes to problems with the home, it’s not easy to start out with, but if you follow this advice you’ll be off to a good start!

 

Emergency Fund

Moving house is NOT cheap, you have possibly spent your life savings and then some, borrowed and searched for enough to get you to this point, but it really doesn’t end there, unexpected costs are not fun when it comes to the responsibility of your own home, and at times these problems can run into the thousands when trying to get them sorted too, not cheap! Thankfully Homeowner loans from evolution money are available if you have yet to set up your emergency fund and something unexpected happens, but starting a saving pot from day one is always a great idea. 

One at a Time

When you moved in, you may have felt a mixture of feelings and quite often being over-excited can cause some questionable decisions, such as starting to decorate all rooms in the house at once! Take it from us that’s not the best way to go. Slow it down and take your time on each room, so you don’t end up overwhelmed with lots of unfinished projects all through the house! Creating mood boards for each room in the house, and gathering samples is plenty, for now; hopefully, this will be your ‘forever home’ now so you have plenty of time for finishing projects. 

Insurance

It should go without saying, but you have to get the house (and contents) covered by insurance as soon as you move in. Mortgage providers tend to have a condition of the loan that states the home must be insured, which makes sense, but ensure you have a list of all your valuables and that the insurance knows precisely what they are covering, it’s the one, and only way to make sure you’re going to be compensated should anything go wrong (god forbid!).

Drill Carefully!

Most people want to get started with putting up shelves and photos when they move into a house; it makes sense to want to personalise your space. But tread carefully, make sure you find out where any and all electrical or water pipes are so you don’t end up causing more problems than you started with! 

Winter-Proof

Even if you moved into the house when the weather was mild it’s so important to make sure that the house is completely winter proofed, you really don’t want your first winter to be spent dealing with frozen pipes and drafts getting in from outside because you didn’t double-check the insulation properly! Of course, you should cover unexpected repairs with your emergency fund, but it’s best to prevent any unnecessary if possible! 

Befriend the Neighbours

Your neighbours have to live close to you and Visa Versa, but it’s not always a smooth ride when it comes to neighbours, that’s why it’s a good idea to introduce yourself. Find out what shifts the neighbours do or if there’s anything that could cause friction should be there are any misunderstandings, keep communication open at all times and hope you have an easy-going neighbour from the start. 

Don’t be Scared of DIY

If you have been renting up until now repairs to your home were likely done for you, but don’t worry about picking up a screwdriver now that you own a home. Make sure you’re careful (when drilling walls, for example). There are thousands of Youtube videos showing you how to keep a house DIY free and well maintained, just find the one you need and grab the toolbox!

Pause the Big Projects

It can be tempting to get started on knocking down walls and replacing flooring as soon as you get the keys, which in the end only enhances the property, however, if you’re living there at the same time you should take it easy for a couple of months, settle into the home and make real plans knowing precisely what the building looks and feels like.

Whatever you do, enjoy your new home, make sure you have fun decorating and making your house a home that suits you. 

This post is a collaboration where money or goods were exchanged for it to be published, however, all opinions are my own.

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