Buying your first home is quite possibly one of the most amazing times in your life, and you want to make sure you get it right! However, as there’s so much to remember, people tend to forget a few things when buying their first home.
Be prepared by reading the following guide.
Loan Pre Approval
Before you even start house hunting, it is a good to get loan pre approval. This will give you an idea of how much you can expect to borrow so you can set a realistic budget – you don’t want to run the risk of falling in love with a house only to realise you can’t afford it later on! It also shows sellers and agents that you’re serious, meaning you have more chance of making an offer and getting it accepted.
Labelling boxes is a simple task that is easily forgotten and will make all the difference to your move. You can then easily place the boxes in the room they belong in and know exactly what’s in the box if you need to grab something fast. Don’t just write the room; list everything in the box!
Easily Forgotten Essentials
You’re probably going to need a lot of new stuff when you move into your new home, which is why many essentials end up falling by the wayside. Do you have batteries for different controls and appliances? Do you have light bulbs? How about a first aid kit, or a tool kit for quick repairs? Make an extensive list of things you’re going to need in advance so your mind doesn’t get bogged down with other things!
Confirming Appointments And Dates
Before you move, you’re going to want to make sure you confirm dates and appointments in advance so you don’t waste any time. You may know everything you need to know about a home survey, but have you booked one with plenty of time to spare? Have you confirmed the date with your removal men, and informed utility companies of the move?
Checking Out The Neighborhood At Different Times Of Day
The neighborhood may be a dream come true in the day time, but what about the evening? If you haven’t paid a visit at this time, do it before you put in an offer. You want to make sure you’re going to be happy in the home, and that means being happy in the neighborhood too. You don’t want wild parties disturbing your sleep every night of the week!
Do you have appropriate insurance in place to protect your home and belongings? Is it suitable for your new home, what you plan on doing with it, and the things you’re moving to your new location? Make sure you read the small print and that you choose the right policy, not just the cheapest one!
Can you think of anything else people might forget?