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We are buying our first home and would LOVE some tips to prepare us. What was some unexpected things that came up during the purchase/moving when you purchased your first house.

Posted anonymously, 1st June 2021

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  • When buying a home always stick to a budget if you can with a bit of lead way for any renovations or alterations. Never decide the first time you walk into a house because chances are that you will not see all the flaws. Always go and have a few looks. Go by yourself the first time and then if you really like it then take some else with you. Then if you are really interested then organize a building inspection as this will tell you of any problems with the house. Good Luck

  • Needing to put insulation in the roof – I knew before I bought the particular house, but hadn’t factored it into my house buying budget.

  • Landscaping can be another additional cost and it pays to shop around at different places.

  • My mum just purchased her house and not even 3 months later ended up with council letters due to water usage, she had to have a plumber out and they found all the pipework was leaking and needed the whole house re-plumbed! Huge expense for my mum and not something they checked during the building inspection

  • Mould can be rather bad news

  • Lots of work on the things that you don’t usually see, like leak’s under the bathroom floor, cracks in plaster. I guess it depends on the age of the house, but the older it is, if it hasn’t been maintained well, then there are many things that need to be looked at and addressed. When we purchased our first home, we have to replace fencing, cut down lots and lots of trees (it was like a jungle outside), replace hot water unit, paint, sand and polish floor boards as well as lots of other little things.

  • Depends on the state of the house, woodwork, paintwork, state of the walls, dampness, electricals, flooring, anything what you want to change or add

  • Floor furnishings and window furnishings were additional expenses but necessary for saving money long term.

  • We spent money fixing things like the pool filters were broken, etc.

  • Mould on the ceiling which comes after few months as it was painted by previous owners.

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