Buying a new home is a major accomplishment for many people. While reaching a new milestone and beginning a new chapter of their life is exciting, a new home can also mean new and potentially unexpected expenses for homeowners. New homeowners, utilize these money-saving tips for both inside and outside of the home!
Spruce up old or existing furniture
Purchasing a new home incites the feeling of starting over or beginning a brand new chapter. Many new homeowners feel inspired to buy all new furniture when moving into a brand new home, but furniture can add an expensive tab on top of new home costs. Instead of adding new furniture, bring new life to your décor by opting to repurpose your current furniture. If you really desire a fresh look, you can purchase used furniture to repurpose or keep as is and still save money.
Install energy-saving appliances
Although most brand new homes are now built from the floor up with energy efficient products, you can do even more to save on energy costs. Consider purchasing energy-efficient appliances for your new home, like energy-efficient washing machines and dishwashers. For heating and cooling, programmable thermostats help regulate the air in your home while preventing fluctuating temperature and energy cost. Additionally, installing LED light bulbs throughout your home can save on the cost of replacement as well as reducing heat and saving hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in the long-run.
Purposeful planting to lower maintenance and energy cost
When new homeowners think about saving energy and maintenance costs inside the home, they don’t often think about doing it from the outside. By using purposeful planting strategies, new homeowners can plant shade trees near sides of the home where heat often affects them the most to keep cool air in during the hotter summer months. Keep lawn maintenance and landscaping costs at bay by reducing the number of bushes and flowerbeds in your yard as well as planting low-maintenance bushes and other plants, like succulents.
Organize maintenance lists, manuals, and receipts
Thorough inspections and deep cleaning appliances or other items in your household may seem time-consuming when you’re busy. However, proactive inspections and maintenance ensures your appliances and household products are in good working condition. Keeping a record of your major appliances and how often they’re cleaned and maintained – as well as warranty information, will help new homeowners ease the burden and headache of having to repair or replace it in the future. New homeowners should also properly store manuals and receipts in a place they can easily find them. This way, when something goes amiss, owners can attempt to repair the problem themselves, instead of hiring an outside professional, which can cost a pretty penny just to diagnose the issue.
Keep a design binder for your home
Remodel and re-design aren’t thoughts that often come to mind for homeowners moving into a brand new home. More often than not, everything they want is already put in place such as countertops, flooring, and paint. As a new homeowner, you probably won’t remember what that obscure paint color name is five or ten years down the road. Keep design things like paint colors, carpet or wood flooring information handy when you may need to have touch-ups or repairs done in the future. It’s much easier than flipping through a paint color book trying to find your home’s current paint colors.
With the summer months nearly upon us and perhaps one of the busier times for buying a new home, it’s important to think about money saving practices sooner rather than later. Being proactive and organized can mean saving both time and money in the future so you can focus on relaxing in your home. To find out how you can save money during the home-buying process, contact us today and learn about our Move-Up programs designed to fit your family’s evolving lifestyle and save you thousands of dollars!