Before you buy any home, it is important that you not only establish your budgetary limits, but also what is and what isn’t included in that number. You need to take inventory of what you currently own in terms of furniture and appliances; and find out which items will be staying at the home when the sellers move. As a homebuyer, The price of a home is just one piece of your total moving costs, taking the time to prepare yourself can not only save you money, but even make you money too.
Preparation Can Pay Off
It is helpful to prepare a list of all expensive or large furniture and appliances you currently own that you plan on taking with you. Use pictures for easy identification and include the height, width and length measurements of each item as well as an estimate of weight (this is to help anticipate the expense and hassle to move each one, so indicate whether you can move it on your own, and if not how many people it will require to move it and whether you can fit it in your car or need a moving truck). If you plan on hiring movers to help you, you’ll want to know the value of each item being transferred in case something gets broken or damaged; it’s simple to record these amounts during this process as well.
Know What to Expect
When you find a home you consider to be a possibility, you’ll want to account for everything that will be coming with it. The home inspection and appraisal will provide valuations for integral parts of the home as well as any potential repairs that you may be responsible for – be sure you get cost estimates on these as well. You should get the dimensions for any rooms you plan on moving furniture into, a list of the appliances that will come with the home and their value and those you will be responsible for getting. You’ll catch any items that you won’t need or want so that the sellers can remove them before they become your problem and responsibility.
As a homebuyer, having all the information accessible on both homes, you can easily indicate any items you currently own that either won’t fit in the home or you won’t need to bring. This will save you the cost of moving them and if they are worth something, you can sell them and enjoy a little extra income to put towards your move. And if the inspection shows you will likely be responsible for repairs in the near future, you want to make sure you have set enough aside to take care of it.