Tips for Newlyweds: 7 Tips for Buying a Home
You’re coming to a new chapter in your life. A future together with your soon-to-be husband or wife, wedding plans, and the daunting, but exhilarating prospect of a new home. How do you tackle all of it at the same time? Newlywed couples have their fair share to think about. While I can’t help you much with keeping the wedding on track, I can offer these 7 TIPS to make the home-buying & moving experience one of your first successful stepping stones in your new marriage.
Consider Your Credit–Business Insider reports that an important consideration for new couples is to consider their credit. Good credit score can help in qualifying for lower mortgage interest rates.
Have An Open Dialogue-Give yourself some time to plan and talk to your partner about what you own and what you owe. Discuss debt and credit scores in order to get a better idea of what you can afford. Consider opening up credit cards for small purchases, but remember to pay bills on time in order to build credit. If you have existing debt, consider paying off what you can.
Establish a Budget-This essentially means, maximize your savings. The Knot recommends keeping separate savings account for your house and another for the wedding. This will ensure that you have a growing pot for both. In all honesty, a home is a much better investment than a wedding, so keep it small, narrow the guest list, and shop around for deals…these things can go a long way towards keeping the wedding manageable, thereby maximizing your savings for that better investment, your new home.
Compare Visions-Talk to your fiance about the kind of wedding and house they envision. It is important to compare and find an agreeable compromise. As far as the house, is one of you looking for a big yard? A spacious kitchen? Compile a list of must-haves and maybe-wants, and talk it over. This way your wedding and your house search are both focused and agreed upon, and this will help you both have the same vision while staying on budget.
Find a Good Agent-A real estate agent is skilled at finding great hidden deals and can save a lot of money if they are good negotiators. Make sure to do some research and choose an agent familiar with your goals.
Plan for a Successful Move-Make the move hassle free by planning and organizing. As the Huffington Post suggests, getting the right materials and boxes for your needs can save you a lot of headaches during packing. Hiring a moving company to help with actual moving day can provide much needed relief when it comes to the heavy furniture and boxes. This way you can focus on directing where things go.
Focus on Settling In-Once in your new home, there will be some work to do to begin turning your house into your home. A few basic things to consider doing include:
- Install a home security system. Keep your family safe. There are many easy to install and affordable options on the market.
- Purchase a household organizer. This is a good way to organize repairs, purchases, or renovation that need to be done around the house, while keeping it within budget.
- Replace or fix all locks and keys. Another way to ensure your safety is to ensure the locks to your new home are working properly or rekey all the locks.
- Buy necessary appliances, like a refrigerator and/or washer and dryer.
- Smoke Detectors. Check and replace smoke detectors as needed.
Finding that special home is a lot like finding that special someone…it often isn’t easy to fine “The One”! It usually takes work, dedication and commitment. But by keeping in mind these 7 TIPS, you can marry your soulmate and find a great home at the same time. I can’t help you get your wedding planning started, but if you need to know how to start the home-buying process, don’t hesitate to get in touch!
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