If you have met that special someone and are now ready for a serious relationship, then this is great. The one thing that you do have to remember however is that choosing your first house together can be stressful, and this is especially the case if you are not prepared for what lies ahead.
Get an Inspection
Repairs and maintenance fees often end up coming out of your wallet. For this reason, you have to make a list of things that you want checking over. Stay in the property while the inspection is being done, and if anything does need fixing, it’s your job to ask the seller. You never know, you may end up saving a lot of money by talking to them and when you do, you will soon find that everything becomes much more manageable.
A move is a fantastic way for you to get rid of some items. Consider having a garage sale or even a yard sale. When you do, you will then be able to get the finances you need for your move. Of course, if you are having a hard time knowing what to throw and what to keep then get your partner involved. When you do, you can then plan out how you see your future with one another. If you are engaged and have an expensive ring, now is the time for you to have a conversation about insurance. Luckily, engagement ring insurance is very affordable and you can usually take it out alongside a contents insurance policy, which will save you even more money.
Furnish your Home
Think about your sofa, why would you skimp out on a second-hand one that isn’t going to last you a year? Instead, invest in something that is high quality as well as something that is going to grow with you. When you do, you will soon find that you are able to save a considerable amount of money and that you are also able to get what you want. Shopping for sofas is a fantastic thing that you can do as a couple and you would be surprised at how simple the whole process can be.
Clean and Paint
Some things are best done while you have no furniture in the room. Take the time to steam clean the carpet, wipe down any cabinets and even paint the walls too. Now is also a great time for you to plug in any power strips because when you have a ton of furniture in the way, you may find it very hard work to get everything organised.
First Day Box
A shower curtain, lamp, toilet paper, dinnerware and even trash bags will come in very handy on your first day. You also need to make sure that you have a toothbrush handy as well because if you don’t then you may have to unpack way more items than you need just to find everything. This can be super awkward, and it may make things way harder than they need to be.
Hire some Help
Full-service movers can be expensive, so it may be worth recruiting the help of your friends and family. If you aren’t sure if anyone has a van, then it’s well worth you trying to ask on social media. You never know if someone just down the road might be able to give you the support you need, and when they do, you will soon find that they are way more affordable. One thing that you should note about hiring someone to help is that they won’t have any kind of insurance, so if something does break then there is a high chance that you will be liable for any repairs.
Change the Locks
You never know how many keys were handed out for your property before you got them. You also never know how many copies have been made either. If you want to help yourself here, then it’s worth installing a deadbolt. A home security system will also go a long way here. If you aren’t quite sure how to do any of this then your locksmith should be able to take care of it all for you.
You have to make sure that your building has a working fire alarm and that you test it as soon as you move in. If you don’t then you could be putting yourself and your partner at risk and this is the last thing that you want.