You’ve just bought your first home and all of your savings accounts are dry. Between the deposit and all of the estate agent’s fees, you aren’t likely to have a lot of money left. Hopefully, you’ve got plenty of furniture to take over to the new place which will save you a bit of money but you’re still going to have to spend a bit of cash to turn it into a home. These are the purchases that every new homeowner should make.
When you’re renting a place it’s up to the landlord to make any repairs. If anything goes wrong you can call them up and they’ll send somebody round to sort it out for you, and more importantly, they’ll pay for it. But when you buy your own house, all of that falls to you. Of course, you can pay for tradesmen to fix problems for you but that’s going to get expensive if you’re calling somebody out for every tiny repair. You’re going to have to learn how to make basic repairs yourself and you’ll need a good toolkit to do it. It’s worth spending a bit more money on a decent set, otherwise, you’ll just be replacing them every couple of years.
A New Mattress
Your mattress is one of the most important purchases you’ll make. If you get a good one it should last you around eight years. Getting a cheap one is just going to give you a bad back and a rubbish night’s sleep so it’s worth investing in luxury mattresses that will last you for a long while and help you get proper sleep. Try to steer clear of any of the roll up mattresses that you see advertised, they won’t offer much support and they’ll degrade very quickly and you’ll end up having to buy a new one soon anyway.
Depending on what the previous owner took with them, you might have to buy a load of new appliances. Most of the time things like the oven and the fridge don’t come with the house so you’ll have to sort them yourself. If your previous rental was unfurnished you might have some of that stuff but it won’t necessarily fit in with the decor of the new place. An outdated oven can ruin the aesthetic of the kitchen if it’s brand new. If you really want to make the new house great, you might have to buy some new appliances.
One of the best things about owning your own home is that you can have pets in there. Most landlords don’t allow pets in rentals but now you’ve bought your own place, you can start adopting some furry friends. It’s a brilliant way to start using the new found freedom that you’ve got in your own house. Just make sure that you can afford to care for them and you’re completely sure about it. You don’t want to adopt a pet, only to decide that you don’t want them after a few months.
Once you’ve made these purchases, you’re on the way to making that house a home.