Who we are and what we do
First House Buyers is a leading and up-to-date real estate marketplace committed to empowering consumers with knowledge, data, and inspiration around purchasing their first home. We started with the idea of simplifying the entire process of buying a first home. We saw the need for a real estate site that gives first-hand information from those that have been there, have done it, and are still doing it.
What you should consider
When buying a first home
Buying your first home is a significant milestone just like getting your first apartment or driver’s license. Yes, you are eager to sign the dotted lines, but it is important not to rush this decision. You need to take a step back to ensure that you are making a logical, considered, and well-researched decision. There is a lot you have to consider when it comes to purchasing your first home. With this in mind, here are some of the factors you have to consider.
1. Your Financial Situation
You should know how much you are able and willing to spend in a home. It would help if you did this even before you start looking at locations and properties. Know the homes that are available in your price range. Once you’ve purchased a home, there are some associated costs which you didn’t have when renting, such as property taxes and home maintenance costs.
When you check for the most important things to consider when purchasing a property, you should have seen the phrase “Location, location, location.” The location is often more important than the home itself. This is because while other things about the house can be changed, the area remains a constant. To be a happy homeowner, you have to first decide if you want to live in a bustling city or a quiet suburb.te to your job/business and if it fits into your lifestyle
Before finalizing the home purchase, make sure that you examine the neighborhood, and get the opinion of those who live nearby. How close is the location to facilities and the necessary amenities? If you have children of school-age, or you plan to have some in the nearby future, you have to check the quality of the schools in the area. Check the commute to your job/business and if it fits into your lifestyle
It would be best to purchase a home that accommodates your lifestyle. Do you prefer a spacious living room or a large kitchen? If you have little kids, you have to consider if the property is childproof. You should only take on a house that needs some renovation if you can take on the time and financial investments that come with it.
4. Home Inspections
Property inspection is a crucial part of the homebuying process. Before you purchase the house, make sure that it is in good condition, so you don’t regret your investment later on. After all, no one wants to wake up to a leaky roof or share a home with lots of pesky insects.
Do not rely on only your judgment; instead, hire a professional inspector to check the house for you. An inspection will let you know if the property owners were sincere in their listing, and also reveal unnoticed issues. It will also ensure that the property is equipped with a solid foundation, durable flooring, a sturdy roof, and quality windows.
Moving tips to your first home
Yaay! You’ve made your first home purchase, and now it’s time to move. Though the moving process can be stressful, with some thoughtful foresight and planning, it can be an entirely smooth process. So, dedicatedly follow the steps discussed below as you start the moving process
Find a Reputable Mover
Conduct thorough online research to locate reviews for local movers. Visit the websites of those with the best ratings. Once you’ve narrowed down your search to the top moving companies, compare their insurance and damage policies. Pick one you trust, share your moving date, and lock the deal. It is ideal to lock in the moving company six weeks before your moving date. As this is not always possible, you should aim for nothing less than two weeks.
The packing supplies you need are boxes, tape, markers, boxcutters, and packing paper. First, you should pack your decorative items, so you don’t have to worry about their location later. Next, mark boxes from room to room, so it’s easier to unpack.
As you do this, take an inventory of all you’re packing; make a copy for yourself, and the moving company; just in case something goes missing. Few days before the moving day, pack your essentials (those items you’ll need your first day or two in the new home, such as your relevant documents, toiletries, and few outfits)
As you pack up, there are a few things to consider. Will you need new furniture? Is there enough storage space in the new home? It’s best to ensure that all the last-minute details are well taken care of before the move-in day. As you pack, you should also start updating your address to family and friends, Internet and cable providers, banks, and every other place you can think of.
Once you’ve paid the moving company, signed all papers, unpacked, and you’ve moved in, hearty congratulations are in order!