It can be exciting and challenging - moving into a new home can be a marvelous new chapter in your life and you want to ensure that this transition is as positive as possible for you. With some careful planning and forethought, you can avoid setbacks and unwelcome surprises. We look at some common mistakes that you can avoid when buying a new home, remodeling it and moving into it.
When buying a new home
- Don’t overreach yourself. Look for a home that is within your budget. Calculate how long it will take you to pay for the home and when you can reasonably hope to become debt free. Spend time researching the right home for you, but also speak to a qualified lender and get preapproved for a mortgage.
- Don’t forget that there will be additional costs of buying a new home. Even in a brand new property there will be remodeling additions that you want to make. If it’s a pre-owned property there are going to be things you want to get rid of and things that you want to add. Costs of repairs, maintenance and remodeling will cost you too; as will property taxes. Factor in all these costs and don’t expend all of your resources on the purchase.
- Don’t ignore the details when you inspect the property. When you inspect homes to buy, ensure that you really inspect the property. Insulation, upkeep, plumbing are things to examine closely. Don’t assume that a new home means that everything you're buying is new as well. Experts also advise buyers to hire their own inspector; someone other than the real estate agent.
When moving into your new home
- Don’t bring everything from your old home. You're bound to find that some of your old stuff doesn’t quite fit in with the new environs. So get rid of all the stuff that you will not need for your new home. You could make yourself a tidy sum flogging off all the unnecessary stuff and you’ll find the purging useful too because it will make way for new stuff that you really want to install during remodeling.
- Don’t do all the grunt work of moving. It can be a good idea to hire the experts to shift your stuff from your old home to the new one; even if you're shifting within the same city, long distance or internationally. Check out some professional Chicago movers who have the expertise and the experience to do it all for you. Consider the costs such as your peace of mind, possible damage to household items and furniture if improperly packed and transported, think of unforeseen transport costs… all this can be avoided by calling in the experts.
- Don’t forget to plan for and factor in plants and pets when you plan your remodeling. Consider where the plants will go, the interior resources you will need to set aside for your pet. Pet travel recommendations, shots, tags, identification and licenses - check out all this beforehand. Similarly if you have potted plants, see if there are any restrictions on bringing in certain plants or pets if you're moving across state lines; so there are no nasty surprises later.
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