5 Tips for New Homeowners
Finally taking that next step and buying your first home? Here’s what you need to know.
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Welcome to Homeowner 101, where you’ll learn everything you need to know about owning a place to call your own. There’s a lot of things that come with being a new homeowner: stress, nerves, and anxiety. But there a many good things that come as well: happiness, love, and family. This post has some tips to help get you through it. Ready to take that next step but haven’t yet? Start here by browsing around local neighborhoods in Ohio to see what’s available for you.
1. You Will Screw Up
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when first owning a home is expecting perfection. No matter how much planning, precision, and care goes into this process, know that things will go wrong. Most of them will be out of your control. Some of them won’t be. When the worst does happen, take some time off to bring yourself back to a place of calm, peaceful, serenity. Now breathe, and read on.
2. Inspect It
Even if you have already signed the papers, it is crucial that every new homeowner gets their house inspected. This inspection will tell you what work you have to get done now, and what can wait until tomorrow. Trust us, there will be tasks that need to be completed the minute you move in. This will also help you be more knowledgeable about your purchase and where your savings need to be to take care of this very important investment.
3. Get Insurance
This is rule #1 of adulting. If you think you don’t need insurance please refer to Step 1 of this article. Founders Insurance offers great, affordable rates for new homeowners. They help Ohio natives like you battle catastrophes big and small that could threaten your new home. It’s a great thing to have under your tool belt.
4. Lock Up!
It’s your first night in your new home and you’re all settled in bed, when you hear a creak downstairs. Does the dog usually make sounds like that? It then dawns on you that you’ve forgotten to change the locks. That’s right-- change the locks as soon as you can. You have no idea who had access to the house before you purchased it, so don’t take any chances. It might just help you sleep better at night.
5. To Furnish or Not to Furnish
Not to furnish. It will be your first instinct to want to fill all of the space in your new home. Know that while it is important to have some furniture, don’t go on a spending spree and break your bank. While it may seem tempting to replace your old dresser with one that isn’t from the ‘60’s, think of the furniture in your house like your closet. Basics can last a long time, and the stylish stuff can be added as you go.