5 Tips For First Time Homeowners

If this is your first time owning a home, it may be a daunting and challenging experience.

Whether you have already moved into your new home or preparing to move, this article will give you some excellent tips to help you on your move.

1) Plan You Home Maintenance Schedule

Repair and maintenance costs are part and parcel of home ownership. However, sometimes the costs can be very high, particularly when something unexpectedly breaks down.

Therefore, you should create a plan to inspect different parts of your home throughout the year. For example, in spring, you could focus on outdoor tasks such as cleaning outdoor furniture and decking. Also, cleaning curtains and couches is ideal. For winter, inspecting your roof and clearing gutters is more appropriate. And don’t forget to service your boiler before temperatures plummet.

Furthermore, you should determine your maintenance budget. Consider how much it costs to keep everything running and determine how much that will cost in repairs if something breaks.

2) What is Your Home’s Energy Status?

Every home rented and sold in today’s marketplace must have an up-to-date Energy Performance Certificate (EPC rating). So, check to see what your EPC rating is. This will help you understand how energy efficient your home is and how to improve your rating. Taking this step could lead to reduced energy consumption and cheaper energy bills.

3) Purchase Property Insurance

It’s a standard procedure that mortgage providers expect you to have comprehensive homeowners insurance. Now that you’re moving, it’s a great time to evaluate your insurance policies.

Even life insurance is an excellent idea for you and anyone responsible for paying the mortgage. The other person will become the title deed’s beneficiary if you pass away.

4) Sort Out Your Utility Requirements

Water, electricity, gas, phone and broadband are all the necessary things you’ll need to arrange. You should always shop around for the best quote. And ensure that you check your contracts and policies each year to know you’re getting the best deal possible.

5) Search For Fully Qualified Contractors

Now is an excellent time to think ahead. Find the best companies or handymen you can trust when things need repairing. Don’t shy away from paying a little extra for a professional deep cleaning service before you move in. Consider hiring a painter and decorator to improve your home, which will help you feel great about moving into your new home.

Also, scout around to find expert electricians and plumbers so you have someone you can turn to in an emergency.

Of course, there’s a lot to consider before moving in, but the earlier you get the groundwork done, the less stressful your move will be.