5 Tips Every New Homeowner Needs to Know
You saved for years and shopped for the perfect house. Now that your closing date has come and gone, you’re ready to start making your house a home. However, with so much to be done and a limited budget, it’s challenging to know where to start. These five must-have tips are here to help you make the right decisions and the right investments. Heading to your local home improvement store is the perfect place to get started on your journey.
1. Check for Critical Repairs
If your home has a leak or a draft, purchase supplies to fix those issues first. Letting a leak or draft continue can cause much more damage to your home over time—and something as simple as replacing a window seal would cost you just a few dollars. If a leak is left unchecked, it could lead to mold or other water damage that would be extremely costly, and time consuming, to repair.
If you are still unsure about where to start, refer back to your homeowner’s inspection report. Your inspector points out items that pertain to the safety and longevity of you home. These projects are the most critical and should be tackled before cosmetic changes. If you didn’t have a home inspection done when you purchased your home, schedule one right away. It’s a worthwhile investment to making your home as safe and comfortable as possible.
2. Gain DIY Knowledge
Knowing what you need prior to heading to the store can save you a lot of money. Often, new homeowners aren’t quite sure what they are looking for and end up making a few trips to the store and buying items they don’t need. Ask the staff for help when you’re at the store to find the right supplies for your project. Their expertise will help you greatly, specifically with projects and products you are unfamiliar with.
It’s a great idea to sign up for email notifications from your favorite home improvement store as well. You will be notified about sales and specials that can save you money. Many stores also offer free DIY classes. This is a great way to gain a skill set, complete a project and save lots of money in the process.
3. Use The Right Cleaning Products
While cleaning your home may not seem like a big deal, it will help your home stay in top condition over time. Carpets that are frequently vacuumed and cared for will not need to be refinished or replaced as frequently. Once you’ve determined what your budget is, buy the best model vacuum you can afford. These are often more user-friendly and will last longer. When purchasing, ask about warranty time frames and the ability to change out parts, such as a vacuum belt. Make sure to purchase items that match your needs. If you have exclusively hardwood floors, inquire about the settings required on vacuums to clean them effectively.
4. Get Tools of the Trade
While tools can seem like a big expense to a new homeowner, they can save you thousands in the long run. If you have the proper tools for a job, the process will go faster, safer and more smoothly. It’s important to ensure you know how to properly operate tools—your local home improvement staff can assist you with this if you don’t have any experience. Tools also come in handy when you want to put together furniture, decor, toys or other items that require assembly. The tool set you choose should be durable and last you a long time. Consider purchasing specialty tool storage so items are stored in the proper environment and stay clean and organized at all time.
5. Make Sure You Have Lawn Care Tools
Not only will you see your yard every time you come home, but your neighbors will see it every day. A clean and well-maintained lawn will make the rest of your home look fresh and cared for. Purchase a few lawn care tools right away to ensure you can keep up with maintenance as soon as possible. Keeping up with a lawn is much easier than trying to tame it once it’s out of control.
Being a first-time homeowner is an amazing experience. With all of the costs involved, it can also be a very stressful time. The key to enjoying this time is to understand which projects to complete first, what supplies to purchase first, and how to do it without breaking the bank.
Instead of getting overwhelmed, sit down and make a list of the repairs needed and items to buy. List prices on the list if possible. Now, you’ll have a good understanding of how much you need to invest in your home. When creating your list, it’s a great idea to prioritize items. Mark which items and projects are necessary and mark which are simple taste preferences. Knowing the difference between the two will save you a lot of money and possibly frustration.
Remember that you will own your home for years, if not decades! You’ll have plenty of time to get it all done.