There is true joy and deep satisfaction that comes from owning your own home, but any homeowner will tell you that there is plenty of stress too!
While no two homes are exactly alike, there are many challenges that everyone will face.
Home Repair Issues Will Always Crop Up
Call a professional if you are in any doubt about how to fix an issue in your home. Remember that more than 30% of Americans had to make repairs to their home last year. Find a contractor to fix any problems that are structural, or which involve water, gas, or electricity. Create a cushion in your budget to accommodate any costly fixes. Identify potential problem areas and call someone to look at them before they become a major issue.
Major Renovations Can Be Costly
Start saving as soon as possible for any major projects on your new home. Make a list of what work needs to be done and draw up a cost list. Talk to different contractors to get a clear idea of what is a reasonable price. Use recycled materials where possible and set a hard deadline for the completion of any work. Consider refinancing your mortgage if you need additional funds for work on improving your home. Remember that you can also refinance your mortgage to improve the terms of your loan if you are in a better financial position. Use a home refi calculator to see how much you could save by refinancing your mortgage.
New Seasons Always Reveal New Problems
Think ahead to protect your home from the changing seasons. Consider that the weather has become more extreme every year. Insulate your pipes to prevent freezing and cracking. Insulate your walls and your roof to cut down on your energy bills. Invest in double glazing if your home does not have it. Pay for a water heater inspection to avoid a breakdown at the worst possible time. Check your roof tiles and guttering before the weather starts to do damage. Take out home insurance to provide you with coverage in case of damage.
It’s Time To Go Green
Upgrade to new appliances that have a better energy efficiency rating. Use LED lightbulbs where possible to create less waste energy. Cut down on the amount of time you use your dryer. Turn your appliances and electronics off at the wall instead of leaving them on standby. Find out if putting solar panels on your roof could save on your energy bills. Recycle your plastics, glass, paper, and metal, and dispose of your electrical waste responsibly. Check your local government website for advice.