The Additional Costs of Homeownership: What to Budget for After Buying Your New Home

The Additional Costs of Homeownership: What to Budget for After Buying Your New Home

  • Faber Real Estate Team
  • 09/6/23

What Additional Expenses Should You Save for When Buying a Home?

Buying a home is an exciting journey but it's also one filled with financial complexities. You're likely aware of the initial costs like the down payment and closing costs, but what about the expenses that crop up after you've moved in? Even if you've secured your mortgage and handed over the initial payment, your financial responsibilities don't end there. Here are some additional expenses you should be prepared for, ensuring you're financially ready for every twist and turn of homeownership.

Initial Maintenance Checks

Roof Condition

Is the roof in good shape? Roofs have a lifespan and will eventually need to be replaced or repaired. Even if the home inspection didn't highlight any immediate issues, budgeting for potential roof repairs is a wise decision.

Electrical Panel

An outdated or faulty electrical panel can not only be inefficient but also dangerous. If the home's electrical panel hasn't been updated in years, consider this an imminent cost.

Sewer Lateral Compliance

Sewer lateral issues are not only unpleasant but can also be costly. Compliance with local ordinances should be confirmed before purchase, but unexpected repairs or replacements could still arise.

Pool Maintenance

If your new home comes with a pool, a pool inspection will provide a detailed report on its condition. From pool resurfacing to equipment updating, these costs can quickly add up.

Ongoing Expenses

Water Heater

A water heater generally lasts between 8 and 12 years. Replacing a failing one can set you back several hundred dollars or more.

Emergency Repairs

Life is unpredictable. Whether it's a leaking roof or a broken appliance, emergency repairs can throw a wrench in any budget. It's crucial to have a "rainy day fund" to cover these unexpected costs.

Budgeting Tips

  1. Set aside 1-3% of your home's purchase price annually for maintenance.
  2. Build an emergency fund specifically for home repairs.
  3. Plan and prioritize repairs and updates for the first year.

Budgeting for a new home goes beyond the down payment and closing costs. To truly be prepared for homeownership, you should anticipate both initial and ongoing maintenance expenses. These considerations will help you avoid financial stress and keep your new home in excellent condition.

Interested in buying a home and want a stress-free experience? Let us guide you through every step of the process. Our agents at Faber Real Estate Team are committed to helping you make wise decisions, including preparing for all expected and unexpected costs. Contact us today to turn your dream of owning a piece of paradise into reality.


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