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Tips For The New Homeowner

Last updated on: June 19, 2023

Embarking on the home-buying journey is a significant milestone, often the result of years of hard work, savings, and careful planning. As a first-time homeowner, you are investing in your future, and it’s crucial to safeguard that investment by avoiding common first-time homebuyer mistakes. 

If you are ready to buy a home, an experienced real estate lawyer can help. At The Matus Law Group, our team of New Jersey real estate attorneys may be able to provide experienced guidance and ensure a smooth transaction. 

Keep Looking Towards The Future

When you move into a home, you want to make it yours. You can envision how you would redesign the kitchen and the bathrooms. Part of what makes owning a home so great is that it is yours. Don’t rush into significant renovations too quickly. 

After you have paid closing costs, attorney fees, and even the down payment, you may have less money than you’d expected. And this is common amongst first-time home buyers. You likely signed a 30-year mortgage. There will be time to renovate and design your house. The key is not to compromise your financial security and do it too quickly.

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Build A Maintenance Schedule 

Though you are likely aware of this, it can still catch you off-guard. When something goes wrong in your house, you will have to oversee the repair. Whether your sink is clogged or the water heater fails, you will have to fix it.  

Build a list to check things monthly, quarterly, and annually. Most of these are preventative. Taking small steps can save money and time in the future. Every month, check your air filters. Keep spares on hand. You can flush your garbage disposal, check your fire extinguishers, ensuring your water heater isn’t leaking, and degreasing the hood vent in your kitchen. 

Save the more significant projects like clearing trees and shrubs away from your house, cleaning out the gutters, and checking your roof for your annual checks. 

Money-Saving Ideas

Because we started with the idea that you should save money by diving too quickly into costly renovations, it seems fitting that we suggest some ways to do that. 

You will learn a lot about your house after you move in. Before you purchased it, you likely did one or two tours and a final walk-through before closing. Some people ask to see heat and electricity bills during the home buying process to estimate utility costs. Look for ways to cut these costs and save money. 

When you move in, check the insulation in your attic. Gaps can allow valuable heat to escape, making your system work harder to maintain a temperature. Here are some other methods for saving money on your heating, cooling, and electrical bills:

  • Change out all your filters, especially those on the HVAC system 
  • Install LED light bulbs because they are more energy-efficient and will last longer. 
  • Putting in a SMART thermostat could cost hundreds of dollars, but it has the potential to save you as much too.
  • Do a quick search of your area and see what sort of incentives there are for installing energy-efficient devices in your home. Some states may subsidize the cost of these. 

Becoming a Homeowner

Prior to embarking on the journey of homeownership, it is crucial to equip yourself with the necessary information and readiness for the process. Owning a home can be an incredibly fulfilling life experience, but it’s important to be aware of the duties and effort required to preserve and enhance your valuable investment.

  • Understand Your Mortgage: 

Understanding your mortgage is crucial when becoming a homeowner. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the terms and conditions of your mortgage agreement, including the interest rate, length of the loan, and any prepayment penalties. 

  • Build an Emergency Fund:

As a homeowner, unexpected expenses are bound to occur. Whether it’s a broken appliance or a leaky roof, these repairs can be costly. It’s essential to have an emergency fund set aside for these situations.

  • Know Your Home’s Value:

Keep an eye on your home’s value by regularly checking the local real estate market and comparing your property with similar homes in the area. Understanding your home’s value will help you make informed decisions when it comes to refinancing, selling, or taking out a home equity loan.

  • Invest in Home Insurance:

Protect your investment by purchasing a comprehensive home insurance policy that covers your property and belongings.

  • Get Involved in Your Community:

Becoming a homeowner also means becoming a part of your local community. Engage in your community by becoming a member of neighborhood associations, participating in community events, and showing your support for local businesses.

Tips for the New Homeowner Description
Check air filters and HVAC system Regularly replace air filters in your HVAC system for proper airflow and improved air quality.
Flush garbage disposal Clean and maintain your garbage disposal by running water and disposing of ice cubes or citrus peels.
Check fire extinguishers Inspect fire extinguishers for damage, ensure they are fully charged, and replace if expired.
Check water heater and vents Inspect water heater for leaks or unusual noises. Clean and ensure proper ventilation of vents.
Clear trees, shrubs, and gutters Trim trees and shrubs near your house to prevent damage during storms or fire hazards. Clean gutters to avoid clogging and water damage to your home’s foundation.
Check roof and attic insulation Inspect roof for damage, missing shingles, or leaks. Assess attic insulation for gaps or heat loss. Improve insulation to reduce energy costs.
Electrical system inspection Hire a professional to inspect your electrical system, including outlets, for safety and proper functioning.

The Matus Law Group

If you are ready to buy a home, contact The Matus Law Group to schedule a consultation. We want you to feel comfortable and secure during your real estate transaction. In addition to protecting your interests, we are there to answer any questions you may have. We want you to sign your closing documents with confidence.

Christine Matus

Christine Matus
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