You just put that down payment on your new house. You’ve moving everything in and you’re ready to start life from your new home. First of all, take a second to congratulate yourself on the purchase! Saving up to buy a house takes a lot of commitment and strength. You deserve it!
But, it’s not time to rest yet. There are a couple of things still on your to-do list before you settle down and get into the groove of your new home.
These are things that should be at the forefront of your mind from the moment you signed the lease. But don’t worry if you’re still basking in the new property glow, it’s understandable. Just shake it off for now, roll up your sleeves, and stay ahead of the game with these 3 tips for new homeowners.
1. Find Affordable Electricity
The electricity that the previous owners had might not be the best. The wires might be faulty or the prices might skyrocket since you’re a new homeowner. But that is the beauty of being a new homeowner: you get to move in and make your own decisions!
You don’t have to stick with the electric company that the previous owner used. Do your own research to find cheap electricity in the area. Make sure that you read any contract before signing with a new provider, and ask any questions up front. Be sure to compare rates of providers before settling down on one, so you know which is offering the best deal!
2. Get on that WiFi for Cheap
WiFi is a huge necessity these days. You might work from home, making your life (sort-of) dependent on a stable connection. Or maybe everyone in your family has a million devices that all need to be powered. No matter what the reason is, stable WiFi will be one of the most important assets of living in your new house.
Some companies will try to charge you a lot extra just because you’re a new homeowner. They might take a while to win over and get prices lowered. Stay wary and don’t settle. WiFi is really important and you don’t want to be left with a bad connection because you couldn’t wait for the best offer.
3. Jump on Those Needed Repairs, Fast
You just spent a lot of money on the down payment, so money is probably a little tight right now. Saving mode is on and you are keeping your wallet close. Normally that would be easy, but not when it comes to repairs.
The longer you wait to get repairs done on your home, the worse the damage could get. It might seem like a bad idea to get repairs done immediately but you won’t regret it in the long run.
If the repair is small (say a light fixture is broken or a door is loose on the hinges), you can either choose to hire a cheap repair company or do it yourself. Be cautious if you chose to DIY, it might end up costing you more down the road. You need to make sure that you can complete the task before you try it.
With this advice in mind, you are truly ready to step into the world of new home ownership. You’ve come so far already and your journey is nearing it’s end. Don’t give up now. You have some more work to do but it will all be worth it.
When you’ve crossed off these essential must-dos, you can sit back and relax in your new home. A little break is great after you’ve accomplished so much. Pour yourself a glass of your favourite drink and relax on your new couch.