Buying a new house can be extremely exciting. But it’s also very stressful as well! You will need to deal with solicitors and their piles of paperwork, and you will also need to cooperate well with the vendors to ensure that the whole purchase goes through smoothly. But as all homeowners will know, finally getting the keys to your new home is very satisfying. Now all you need to do is move in and start to settle into your new house!
But don’t get too comfy just yet. It’s not all over once you’ve moved in. As a homeowner, there are now lots of responsibilities that you will face, and perhaps a bit more work that you need to do to turn a house into a home. Here are some of the things that you only find out once you are on the property ladder.
You Become Paranoid About Future Developments
This point doesn’t really count if you buy a house that is already in the middle of an estate or a similar built-up area. However, if you purchase a house that has fantastic views and lots of green space around it, you will find that you start to worry about the possibility of future developments. If a development were to be built right next to your home, then you could lose those gorgeous views that made you decide to buy the house. Thankfully, any proposed developments should be flagged up by your survey during the purchase process. You can also lodge a complaint about any proposals for new developments that arise after you move in.
Your Postcode Could Decide Your Child’s Future
Even if you don’t have children right now, it’s still a good idea to think about the postcode you will end up buying in. That’s because children’s schools are largely decided on where they live. So, if you do want kids in the future, it could be worth moving into the catchment area for a good school. If you live within the catchment area, you have a good chance of your child being given their first choice when you start applying for school places.
The Work Doesn’t Stop Once You’ve Moved In
You can’t just put your feet up once you move into your new home. There could still be maintenance and decorating that needs carrying out. If the property has a faulty air-conditioning system, for instance, you might need to contact your local air conditioning repair company. You might also want to replace carpets and install a new kitchen or bathroom to make your new home feel more like you.
There’s A Whole Lot Of Admin
You will also find that there is a lot of life admin that needs sorting once you buy a home. For example, everyone will need to know your new address. So, be sure to tell your bank and all utility providers.
Getting settled in your new home should take no time at all once you’ve worked through all these points!
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.