First off, congratulations are in order for purchasing your new home. Owning a house is the biggest investment most people make in life, so yes, it’s kind of a big deal.
However, owning your own home means you’re solely responsible for every single thing to do with the property. From repaying the mortgage, to forking out property taxes, overseeing maintenance and repair, and sorting out stuff when something goes awry, being a homeowner is not always roses and rainbows.
However, with the exception of the mortgage payments and property taxes, having a place to call your own is never a bad thing, especially if you have family.
The rest of the downsides that come with home ownership can always be taken care of without sweating it, providing a). you know the things to expect as a homeowner and b). you put the necessary measures in place to avoid potentially costly mistakes.
Therefore, before you start packing up and searching for the ideal moving company to haul your stuff to your new pad, it doesn’t hurt to polish up on important tips that could prove useful when you finally settle in.
Go easy with the renovation projects
This particularly goes for houses that had been previously occupied which, if you’re like most people, is probably what you’re dealing with.
In that case, should you find that there are changes you’d like to make to the current setup, it’s advisable to avoid the temptation of taking them all on.
Unless you’re doing it before moving in – and assuming money is no object – undertaking a huge reno project at a single go could have you biting more than you can chew both in terms of the magnitude of the task and the money you’ll be sinking into it.
Instead, look at what needs to be done and prioritize the areas that are must-do’s and those that can wait, which you can tackle gradually as you go along.
Plus, it’s not bad to first get a taste of life inside your new house. That way, you can truly understand what needs to be done and how best to do it.
Having a reliable handyman helps
It’s not until you’re faced with an issue and then another that you realize how nice it would be if you had someone to always call on to deal with it. A professional well-versed in multiple skill-sets who doesn’t charge an arm and a leg for their services. Someone who can be relied upon.
A handyman that is a jack-of-all-trades can be that person for you. Having a reliable and trustworthy handyman to help with some projects around the home can turn out to be a masterstroke.
Whether it’s plumbing that needs repair, a roof leak that needs addressing, light fixtures that need installing, having a reputable handyman can save you time, money and a lot of stress and frustration.
Choose your homeowners insurance provider carefully
Another important thing you can do as a homeowner is to find a good homeowners insurance policy.
Take your time to choose an insurance provider whose products are both flexible and designed to meet your exact needs. The type of policy you take out should also depend on the area you live in.
For example, if you live in California and the area has a history of wildfires, a fire policy might be a good idea. Similarly, if you live in an area ravaged by tornados, having a policy that protects against such a natural disaster would be prudent.
As a homeowner, a good policy will give you some much-needed peace of mind.
Focus on renovations with good ROI
Again, as you take your time with home improvement projects, you might also want to prioritize on projects that promise the most bang for buck.
All home improvement projects are not equal.
If you plan to sell the house at some point, unless you’re undertaking some projects to make your home more livable, focus on renos that will give you the most returns.