What To Expect Out Of Your First Home Purchase
Most of us are lucky (or unlucky) enough to go through it at some point in our lives. Our first big home purchase. It’s a great feeling of possibilities and the comfort of having a place to call your own. At the same time, it’s a responsibility and even a bit of a pain. It’s easy not to feel at home at all. Or to get bogged down by the stress of the process. Which is why we’re going to take a look at what you can really expect and do to make it better.
An organisational mess
Let’s get this out of the way. All the administration and financial planning that goes into getting a home is a downright pain in the backside. Moving to a new home is stressful anyway. Even if you’re just looking at the nightmare that is moving day. But with all the hassle involving loans and agreements, it can feel insurmountable. So make sure you start to plan well ahead. Make a budget for everything involved in the move and stick to it with an iron-fisted strictness. Keeping some money aside for emergencies, of course. Make sure you have a solicitor of your own choosing on hand to make sure the conveyancing process is as smooth as possible, too.
Perhaps the biggest shock of any home is how empty they are when you first get them. We should expect them, of course, but it can still be a little chilling. It does a lot to make it feel like an alien landscape, one that’s difficult to feel comfortable in. Try to start filling those rooms up sooner rather than later. Whether you need to start budgeting for new furniture from places like Multiyork or start moving your old stuff in. Your own things, your own style. These are the touches you need to make to the pad to really start acclimating to it. Without them, it’s not strange for people to even get a little melancholy over the newness of the home.
The other touches a home needs can take you beyond melancholy into downright frustration. Very few homes are going to be perfect as soon as you move into them. They’ll be lived in and they’ll show a bit of the wear and tear they’ve accumulated over the years. But don’t start despairing. There’s nothing wrong with a good fixer-upper. Just start organising all the different tasks you need to do. Separate them by urgency and whether you can do them yourself or hire someone. You will find that some barely require any funding at all to fix up. Persevere, tackling one issue at a time and don’t succumb to the urge to just let it be. The home will be all the more satisfying in the end because of the work you’ve done for it.
What you want to do is cut out the transitionary period as much as possible. Make it as easy for yourself as you can to get nice and settled. After that, becoming at home is a lot smoother.
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