Buying a New Home? Spend your Money Wisely!
Too much house
This one requires some thought before you actually nail the deal: How much house do you really need? Just because you’re pre-approved for a hefty purchase price doesn’t mean you should go as big as you can.
“The house that you can afford with the money you’re lent can make the budget go out of whack,” says Andrew Gipner, a financial adviser at Longview Financial Advisors in Huntsville, AL. Not sure where to trim? Consider having less closet space, buying fewer bedrooms, or—especially—eliminating a formal dining room.
“You don’t use the dining room nearly as often as you think,” says Noelle Hans-Daniels, a Sotheby’s Realtor in Indianapolis. “It’s kind of a wasted space.”
Fixing up your outdoor space ASAP
Once you close on your home and move in, you might be itching to host your first late-season barbecue. Or maybe you’ve been dreaming about a koi pond, like, forever…
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