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Buying a house will be the biggest and longest job you do in your whole life. From the moment you make an offer on a house to the day you move in, there are a lot of things you will want to prepare and make sure of before you sign on the dotted line and put that contract through. Here are just a few of the things you will want to do before you sign your final contract to make sure you are ready for moving into a house this year.
Look for energy providers
Before you get too excited about living in a house for the rest of your life, you need to think practically and make extra sure you can afford the costs of running a home. It is worth having a look at comparison sites and checking up on the different energy providers and deals that you could get for your home. Make sure to check the introductory prices because these will often be great and can save you a lot of money in your first year.
Have a survey
As well as getting the lender to carry out their own home buyers report, you will want to hire a chartered surveyor like Allcott Associates to carry out an independent and thorough survey of the home. This is something which is super important because it will highlight any possible safety hazards with the electrics and gas and will also show up any damage to the house or mould inside. It is a useful thing to do and one which you should certainly consider.
Check the environment
The environment around your new home is a big deal and it is more important than you would think it was. For example you can think about checking the floodplain in the area and whether you are at big risk of floods. You can think about hurricane season and make sure you are safe there. And also think about whether your home has been built on a swamp land or something similar which could affect the stability of the foundations. Be sure to know all of this going in and make sure you are happy.
Save for the first month’s bills
In the few months up to moving into a home, you need to make sure that those first few weeks will be as stress free as possible and one of these things will be to set aside the money you will need to cover your energy bills, broadband, mortgage and general living costs. Having this money saved up will make life much easier for you and it will allow you to truly enjoy the first few weeks in your new home.
Take the time to start looking online and in store for new appliances. In general, you will likely want to wait until you are in the space to measure for furniture like a sofa etc, but it is helpful to buy yourself the basic kitchen appliances to make life easier for you when you move in on that first day. For example a fridge and a microwave will be so helpful to allow you to eat your own food for the first few days, and an oven and washing machine are essential for any home.