Four Things You May Not Budget For When Buying A Home

 
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When you’re becoming a homeowner for the first time, there are plenty of costs that you’ll have planned for. After all, when you start looking into securing a homeowner’s loan and finding a new home, you know that you’re going to need a down payment. You’ll budget for property taxes, and you may set aside an amount of cash for any repairs that need to be done around your new home. There is often an aspect of spending which is overlooked when it comes to buying a home. Don’t get caught unaware and in over your head by not calculating these common needs.

Inspections

When looking at homes, whether apartments or houses, you need to be proactive before biting off more than you can chew. Before you put a bid in on a house or suite, you need to hire inspectors to ensure that the property is worth buying, and well-priced for what it is. If you don’t, you could be looking at huge expenses down the line with repairs, and even massive losses on the resell value of your home. A small fee for an inspector now is preferable to a large loss later from lack of foresight.

Legal Fees

There is plenty of legal jargon associated with securing a homeowner’s loan, and it just makes sense to be sure you’ve got someone on your side who knows what they’re doing.  Unfortunately, unless you’ve got some very understanding lawyer friends, this knowledge is going to cost you. Be sure to budget extra cash to handle the legal fees you’re bound to face from buying a new home.

Moving Costs

In all the excitement of securing your first loan, making a bid and having it be accepted, you may find that you’ve overlooked the most common expense in moving. Remember to set aside money for a truck with which to haul your belongings, as well as a moving company if you feel that you need one. Moving companies are mostly useful for those with large appliances that they will need transported, and can make your move a lot smoother than doing it all yourself.

Maintenance

Most people put money aside in order to repair parts of their new home that are already broken, repaint old paint jobs and generally spruce their home up, but plenty of new homeowners totally overlook routine maintenance costs. You need to plan for things like a yearly service on your furnace,  cleaning out eves, and landscaping costs if you don’t plan on doing them yourself. If you do plan on being the master of your own yard, you’ll need to purchase all the equipment necessary to do so.

 

Allison

This guest post is from Allison with HomeLoans.org.

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