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4 Budgeting Tips for Triangle Home Buyers

Home Repair, freedigitalphotos.netWhen it comes to purchasing a home in the Triangle, expenses can quickly add up. The mortgage, taxes, insurance, and closing costs are enough to make any buyer, new or experienced a bit nervous. Not only that, but the expenses don’t end at the closing table with the realtor and the lawyer. Home maintenance, improvements, and unexpected repairs can all significantly impact a homeowner’s budget. Flat Fee Realty wants Triangle home buyers to be aware of the true cost of home ownership before they buy.

Flat Fee Realty offers four points of consideration our experienced agents think potential buyers should be aware of as they look for a new home:

  • An emergency fund is essential: Unexpected expenses can wreak havoc on anyone’s finances. And when it comes to certain home repairs (say, the A/C goes out in July), putting them off may not be an option. While the ideal size for cash reserves depends on the age, size, and condition of the home, experts recommend putting away 1-5% of the home’s purchase price.
  • Age is more than just a number: The age of a house is probably the most important factor used in determining a home repair budget. This is especially true when it comes to mechanical systems and structural items. Buyers interested in homes older than about 15 years should be aware that major repairs (like a new roof, hot water heater, or HVAC system) could be in the near future.
  • Consider a home warranty: Many new homes include a warranty, and some sellers choose to offer one as a selling point. Home warranties offset some of a buyer’s risk by covering specific systems in the home and usually offer discounted repairs from approved service providers. Home warranties shouldn’t be confused with insurance. They may provide peace of mind but they won’t cover the full cost of repairs.
  • Practice proper prevention: All homes will eventually need repairs, but the best way to delay them is by practicing proper preventative maintenance. Most typical maintenance tasks can be accomplished with a little elbow grease, and quickly addressing small items prevents them from turning into larger (and more expensive) issues.

Purchasing a home is one of the largest financial transactions a person can make. Before jumping in, remember to take a look at the true cost of home ownership—not just the purchase price, but long-term expenses as well.

Wondering if home ownership is the right financial choice for you? Contact the experienced agents at Flat Fee Realty today!

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