How New Homeowners Are Wasting Their Money
Pop the champagne because you are a brand new homeowner! Enjoy the moment now because soon you’ll realize that being a homeowner is a lot more expensive than just purchasing the house itself. In addition to taking out a new mortgage, there are a few home improvements that can make your wallet want to fly right out of your pocket.
An Overly Green Thumb Making your property look nice by means of landscaping is something a lot of people do to increase curb appeal. It’s okay to cut the lawn, plant some flowers, and what not, but try not to overdo it. Hiring a landscaping company to do this for you is a serious money burner, especially if you’re using them every week. Try to do this maintenance on your own, but do the bare minimum until your savings have been replenished.
Kitchen Upgrades The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the house, so why wouldn’t you want to upgrade it? Unfortunately, this is a common mistake made by many because everyone wants the nicest and newest appliances. If the current appliances work and aren’t too old and beat up, continue to use them for a year or so. Once you’re settled for a little while, go ahead and get your new matching appliances.
Avoiding Maintenance You can waste money by upgrading your home, but you can also waste it by not doing anything. Avoiding maintenance and not servicing your HVAC system can cause your energy bills to skyrocket. Replacing air filters monthly and having the system serviced immediately after moving in can lower your monthly bills right off the bat. It will save you money in the long run as well because a lack of maintenance will shorten its lifespan, forcing you to replace it earlier than expected.
When you’re a new homeowner you’re going to want to make your home the best it can be, but there’s no need to do everything at once. Start off by focusing on the important things, like servicing your HVAC system. Contact the pros at Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical at (717) 207-8198 to schedule a service.