When you buy your new home in Mansfield, you’ll likely pay a hefty down payment, then also pay a lot of other fees. Unfortunately, that’s probably not going to be the end of your spending. Depending on the age of your home and how well it’s furnished, there are a few things you’ll need to do besides renovation to turn your new home into a slice of paradise:
1. Buy Appliances
Some homes come with a washer, dryer, refrigerator and all the other appliances you need. Others may just come with a range and maybe a dishwasher. Yet others will be completely bare. Be sure you budget for all the appliances you will need in your new home.
2. Get Window Coverings
Those big, beautiful windows may have been what attracted you to your new home, but they also have their downsides. They can cause your air conditioning bill to skyrocket, and also provide very little privacy. Getting curtains or other window coverings can alleviate these issues.
3. Create a Beautiful Yard
If your lawn is green and healthy, you may not have too much to worry about. But if you want to have a garden or need to do lawn repair, that is a cost to consider -- and quickly, as homeowner’s associations aren’t keen on “ugly” yards.
If you are a first-time homeowner, chances are you don’t want to use your futon as a living room couch anymore. Whether you are buying brand-new furniture or picking up some pieces from the consignment store, the bill can add up pretty quickly.
Perhaps the most overlooked cost is utilities. A larger home costs more to heat and cool, and there is generally an increased water use as well. There may be fees associated with hooking up electricity and plumbing, as well as services like internet and TV.
With proper planning, getting your new house set up won’t come as a shock to your bank account. Always set aside more than you think you will need for these and other after-purchase costs.
If you have been considering purchasing one of the many gorgeous homes for sale in Mansfield, we can help. Contact Dottie & Kate today to get started finding your dream home!