Will the appliances in the home need upgrading? Now or in the near future? Don’t forget to check out the water heater and HVAC.
Moving from an apartment to a three-bedroom house will often mean you’ll need more furniture. Evaluate furniture needs and costs for your new home.
Before purchasing a home that needs remodeling, ask a contractor to give you an estimate. Homeowners often underestimate the costs.
If you have a fixed rate mortgage, the payment will remain the same for the life of the loan. Taxes and insurance may increase.
Fees or assessments for a condo, townhouse or single-family home with an association can increase yearly. Compare fees of similar properties line-by-line. Check what the fee includes; utilities, gas, electricity, garbage pickup, and water.
Watch out for special assessments for capital repairs and improvements to common areas.
Replacing the roof, painting the siding or trim, sealing the driveway, sealing the deck, replacing windows, gutter cleaning or repair, septic and well maintenance are just some of the additional exterior maintenance costs in owning a home.
Some jobs you can do yourself, but others require professionals. Don’t forget the tools that go along with home maintenance: power washers, compressors, heavy-duty ladders, and power tools.
If you’ve been renting, your landlord probably picked up the tab for repairs and general maintenance. Once you own your home you’ll be footing the bill. You will need to maintain appliances, plumbing and electrical systems, carpets, floor and wall coverings.
If you are renting, you are probably used to budgeting for utilities. We can help you find out about the current occupant’s costs, but family size and usage impacts those numbers.
Plan on buying a lawnmower and other landscaping tools or budget for a professional lawn service. Include a snow shovel or snow blower, too.
Be sure to schedule a termite inspection before you purchase a home.
Don’t forget to calculate transportation costs whether by public transportation or your own vehicle. Budget for gas, oil, insurance, tires, and regular maintenance. Will you need to purchase another car to take care of all of the family’s transportation needs?