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New Home Woes: Common Mistakes New Owners Can Avoid

Purchasing a new home is an exciting event in anyone’s life, but it can also be an incredibly stressful undertaking. From now on everything that goes wrong here is your responsibility, and not only do you have to have it fix, but you also need to have it fixed properly and as soon as possible. When buying a home you want to be sure you have a reserve of savings so if (and when) things go wrong you can take of them as soon as possible. Here are some other mistakes to avoid as you buy your first place.

Get a Proper Inspection

The most important thing you can do when buying a new home is to get a proper inspection done during the purchasing process. This means you probably want to go outside of your realtor to find an inspector, because as most realtors are certainly trustworthy, their interest lies in selling a home, not protecting you and your family. Ask friends, family, and local contractors who they would recommend as an inspector, and choose carefully. If you have questions about a specific item on a property like sewer lines, foundation issues, or electrical boxes, it is always a good idea to have a trusted, licensed plumber, electrician or other contractors look at the items in question. Look at it this way, the onetime cost for having a plumber scope your sewer line is much cheaper than moving in and finding out that your sewer lines are crumbling, broken, or clogged.

Have Realistic Renovation Expectations

Many home buyers purchase a house with the intent to do renovations. Before diving in, make sure your estimates for both time taken and money spent are accurate, and that the finished product will be something you’ll be happy with. Prioritize your projects and make sure you know what is a need and what’s a want. Yes, it’s wonderful to have a chef’s kitchen, but foolish to spend money on that renovation if you have a leaky roof or sub-par electric work installed. If you need help installing a boiler make sure you know what the contractor will charge and how much time you can expect to be lost on the project.

Choose Carefully

When picking contractors make sure to vet them properly. Licensed, bonded, and properly insured companies are a must. Ask neighbors, friends, and family if they have recommendations and take a look at online rating sites like Yelp or Angie’s List to figure out which electricians, plumbers, carpenters or other contractors are highly ranked in your area.

No matter what kind of home you choose, these tips can help you make your new house a safe, reliable, and stylish home.