When you move into your first house, you will quickly realize that it lacks many of the amenities of a rental. Whereas a rental usually has curtains and appliances, your house might need both. Whereas the landlord is responsible for upkeep of a rental, you are responsible for all repairs in your own home. Immediately upon taking possession, you should stock up on supplies needed to care for your home. If you need appliances and window coverings, buying those should also be a top priority. A home with a yard or garden also needs special equipment that renters rarely own. Use these guidelines to help you buy needed items, and avoid wasting money on unnecessary purchases.
Avoid unwanted views
Before you spend a night in your new home, you will want to cover your windows. Taping up towels or makeshift drapes (like blankets) over the windows will prevent neighbors and passers-by from looking in, but it will also preclude you from looking out. These makeshift drapes also are unattractive window treatments.
Window covering options include blinds, drapes, roman shades, curtains, shutters or honeycomb blinds. Custom blinds and made-to-measure drapes can be pricey. Cheaper alternatives include standard-sized vinyl blinds (which can run as little as $3 per blind) or pleated paper blinds with clips. Both are available at home centers.
Replace ancient appliances
Throughout most of the United States, homesellers are required to leave a refrigerator and an oven hook-up, at the very least. Often, they leave behind range tops, dishwashers, ovens and even washing machines and dryers. Other homebuyers find their new homes lacking almost every appliance. Even if your home comes with appliances, you might want to consider replacing them. According to Smartmoney.com, appliances have an optimal life span. For example, standard refrigerators should be replaced after 14 years, and a dishwasher after 12 years. Examine each appliance for signs of wear and tear, and decide which are priorities to replace.
To save money, try a merchant that sells lightly used appliances. They can be discounted by up to 75 percent. Just be sure you have a warranty or can return them if they malfunction soon after purchase.
Prepare to become handy
Unless you plan to call a repair person for every maintenance issue, it's a good idea to equip yourself to make simple repairs. Every homeowner should have the following tools:
Screwdrivers in different shapes and sizes
Small drill and drill bits
Get ready for the outdoors
Generally speaking, houses come with some form of front or backyard. Suddenly, as a homeowner, you will have to take care of landscape maintenance.
If you live in a snowy climate, invest in a good snow shovel. If you have a lot of sidewalk to clear (if you live on a corner property), consider buying a snow blower, as well. Most homeowners need rakes and lawn mowers, as well. A garden hose and weed whacker also come in handy. A push broom is useful for cleaning the driveway and sidewalks. And don't forget the garbage cans and recycle bins, if your community recycles. You will make better use of your outdoor space if you furnish it. A patio table, chairs and umbrella will make your garden feel homier. You can buy very inexpensive plastic outdoor furniture, if money is tight.
Furnish your indoor space
Home buying can drain your bank account, so most new home owners cannot afford to fully furnish their homes immediately. The basic necessities are a table, chairs, couch, beds and dressers. You can spruce up your living space by investing in new towels, linens and throw rugs.
Here are some ideas for buying inexpensive furniture:
The clearance department of large furniture stores. The furniture might have barely noticeable scratches and dents.
Used furniture can be updated with paints or slipcovers.
Private owners sell their furniture through these shops, which take a commission.
Wholesale furniture warehouses. Wholesale furniture prices are almost always lower than retail.
For a small investment of money and time, you can have a lovely new house inside and out.
Author:Joni Smith Phone: 972-998-7790 Dated: March 3rd 2014 Views: 895 About Joni: I have been with Halo Group Realty since January 2014. I received my Real Estate Certification thro...
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