Before deciding where to position furniture in your new home, clean the floors, countertops and other surfaces. Cleaning supplies may be costly, but they have a long life. Purchasing concentrated liquid cleaners is a beneficial tactic because you receive twice the cleaning solution for almost the same cost. Using paper towels instead of reusable rags creates unnecessary waste, which is actually more expensive in the long run. Try purchasing a steam cleaner for your carpet. If you can’t afford one, rent one for a fraction of the cost.
After cleaning, start repairs. Even if major power tools aren’t required, other tools and repair items can add up quickly. The most frequently used repair materials are nails, screws, calking, putty for patching holes and wood glue. If painting is in the plans, make sure to stock up on items including paintbrushes, rollers, paint can openers, painter’s tape and drop cloths. Painting supplies add up fast, so be careful. At the same time, you don’t want to skip out on these essentials- wet paint on your new carpet creates a whole new category of expenses.
Once the paint has dried and your belongings are unpacked, you may realize there’s less storage in the new house than anticipated. Start by creating a new organizational method. Quality storage units can be costly, so remember to save some money for new units and other small furniture pieces.
Other unexpected costs associated with buying a new house are outdoor entertainment pieces and landscaping adjustments. To help enjoy your new backyard, purchase weather-resistant furniture including a patio table, lawn chairs and a grill for summer barbeques. As far as landscaping, a new lawnmower is a costly, but necessary outdoor maintenance must. Other landscaping tools include a leaf blower, shovels, rakes, watering cans and hoses. Buying new flowers and trees are important, and while at the store, you may find the need for items like bird feeders, water features and garden sculptures.
Most importantly, plan ahead! Inventory potential new home costs before move-in day to plan for a financially smooth transition into your new home. Remember, no matter how well prepared you are, there are always unexpected costs.
Christina Asad Edwards, REALTOR
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