What to Expect Your First Year in a New Home

Here are four things that every homeowner should know in their first year.

Today I’m talking about what you can expect in your first year as a new homeowner. Moving can be exciting, but it can also be scary. It can be smooth sailing or wrought with serious issues. 

During the first year in your home, you should expect something to break. It could be something as simple as a sprinkler head, or it could be an HVAC that breaks in the middle of the summer. Being able to address issues is important to prevent future repairs down the road. There are four things you need to know to be prepared:

1. Save money. It’s important to have six months’ worth of income in a rainy-day account in case something unexpected comes up.

2. Know where everything is in your house. It’s important to know how to turn off your gas if needed. It’s also great if you have a handyman contact available for any circumstances that may come up.

3. Get a home warranty. You may have received one at closing. If you didn’t, you still may be able to get one. If you have any older systems in your home, there’s a good chance they will break. Having a warranty can save you thousands of dollars in repairs if something does break.

4. Junk mail. You’re going to have mountains of junk mail after you move in; some will be great, like coupons to nearby businesses. 

Let us know if you have any real estate-related questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

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