Buying your first home is a rite of passage into adulthood. With it also comes great responsibility and things like homeowners insurance. But, despite how intimidating the prospect can be, buying a home doesn’t have to be difficult. Today, I want to share my tips for first time home buyers and this will be first post in a small series of related tips and advice.
You’ve probably heard it said many times that buying a new home is one of the most stressful things you can do. In fact, in terms of stress, it’s right up there with getting married and having a new baby. Buying a new home is an exciting time too, though: here’s how to do it the easy, stress-free way!
Advice and Tips for First Time Home Buyers
Don’t break the bank
A palatial new pad may seem worth breaking out the credit for, but struggling to pay the bills is no fun at all – as you’ll find out. To minimize financial stress, it’s always a good idea to set a strict budget and stick to it, no matter how tempted you feel!
Shop around for a mortgage and insurance, and remember to budget for any renovations you’ll need to take care off soon after moving in.
Take your time
Like most of us, you’re probably desperate to get your foot on the property ladder – or to move up it if you’re already there. Don’t be in so much of a hurry, though, that you jump at the opportunity of the first house you see and risk ending up with something that’s not quite perfect.
This is probably the biggest purchase you’ll ever make, so take your time over it!
Have a contingency plan
If you find yourself caught in a “chain” (you can’t move into your new home until the previous owners move out, but the people buying your new property are desperate to move in), your stress levels will rocket unless you have a contingency plan. The last thing you want is to be stuck with a bridging loan (a loan to tide you through the gap between buying one home and selling another), so make sure you have somewhere to go, even if it is the spare room in your parents’ house, in case your chain breaks down.
Plan out your moving day
It’s only one day of your life, but you should ideally start planning your move as far in advance as you can, to make sure it’s as stress-free as possible. Pack up everything you don’t use on a daily basis and label your boxes with the room they’ll be going to in the new house to make unpacking easier.
Look at properties for sale by owner
Sometimes the stress of buying a new home doesn’t come from the house at all, but from the estate agents dealing with the sale.
There’s nothing more frustrating than dealing with a middleman, and having to wait while messages are relayed between yourself and the seller of your property. Now that more and more people are choosing to sell their properties themselves, however, you can cut out the middleman and go direct to the seller.
Keep a lookout for properties listed “for sale by owner”.
Later topics in this mini-series will include: mortgages, surprising expenses associated with buying a new home, why you should consider a home warranty, buying a bank foreclosed home, and how to buy a new home with a low credit score