When The Home Strikes Back, Cut Costs On Your Property
Buying a home sounds like a dream doesn’t it? Until you realize that what you’re actually taking on is a whole lot of extra bills and costs that you might not have been prepared for. If you’ve been renting for a long time, the costs that come with owning a home and not just purchasing it can be overwhelming. It’s important that you understand how to deal with these costs effectively without ending up in more trouble. Many people do find themselves pushed into debt as they struggle with higher costs than they initially expected. So, before we get into how to deal with them, let’s think about some of the costs that you might need to handle.
First, there’s maintenance and if you’ve been renting you’ll be used to your landlord coughing up the bill. Maintenance and repairs can be quite expensive too. Just look at your boiler. If that breaks down a repair could take thousands out of your pocket. Thousands that you, might not have readily available to spend. Issues with maintenance can be due to age or even weather. We’re in the middle of winter right now, and you can bet there are at least a few storms around the corner to deal with. You could have problems with flooding, roof damage, and even garden destruction. All these issues are going to be expensive to fix, and they’re not the only problem.
You might also find that your home bills grow out of control. Again, it’s easy to keep these costs under your thumb in a one bedroom apartment. But when you move to a four bedroom home things are a little different. The heating bill, the water, the electric all quickly rise and leave you with very little money to spend at the end of the month.
Finally, there’s the mortgage. Most people buy to escape dead money. While a mortgage isn’t dead money it can certainly feel like it. Particularly when more is coming out of your account, then it did when you were living in a rented property. You might have been paying five hundred in rent and now you’re paying close to a thousand in monthly mortgage repayments. Now, you are paying off the house that you own, but it can still feel rather unsettling. Particularly, when it’s put pressure on your finances. So, how can you cope with these issues?
Save For A Rainy Day
When you buy a home, it’s important that you live on a budget and don’t overspend in silly areas. You never know when you might need your savings. So, don’t spend it all on an expensive holiday if it means you’re going to have nothing left for emergencies. You might think well, I only need that if something goes wrong. I promise you, as soon as you think that it well. It’s best to keep this money in a high-interest account too. That way, you can make sure it builds up to a level where you’ll always have a little cash you can rely on.
Don’t Rule Out Borrowing
Desperate times call for desperate measures. If you reach the end of the month and your bills are too much to bare it is worth looking into borrowing. By borrowing, you can keep things simple and protect your credit score as well as keeping those mortgage repayments up to date. This is worth doing because it will save you any hassle further down the line. Don’t forget, your mortgage company can make things difficult if you fall behind on your payment schedule.
However, there are a few things you need to know before using short term funds. First, you need to think about the interest rate. Make sure that you can pay any money you borrow back on time without any issues. Then there’s the company that you borrow from. They need to be reputable and make sure that there are no hidden bills. You’d be amazed how many companies manage to slip these into their lending contracts. Finally, if you think the interest rate or amount you’ve been charged is too high, you do have rights. Though, if you choose a good, trustworthy business, should never need to go down that road.
Bite Back At Your Bills
If your bills are looking quite expensive, it’s time to think about how you can cut them down. One of the ways to do this is by looking at your water usage. If you love long showers or running a bath each day, think about how much this is costing you. Remember, a few little changes to your bathroom will work a treat. You can get a low-pressure pump for your shower. This will limit how much water is released when you have a shower. Don’t worry, there’ll still be enough to get clean but not enough that it feels too pleasant. You’ll be in and out in ten minutes flat and save a fortune on your water bill. There are other silly ways people waste water too like running the tap while brushing your teeth. This water isn’t doing anything so don’t make that mistake.
For electricity it’s all about your tech and appliances. You need to make sure you are using green tech in the home. By doing this, you’ll soon see your electric bill drain away. You can even think about making larger changes such as solar energy. But honestly, you’ll see the impact even if you just change the bulbs in your home to LEDs.
For heating, you need to try and keep warm without burning up your thermostat. The best way to do that is to wear extra layers and trap heat as much as possible. Close the doors and shut the curtains, you’ll be amazed by the difference it makes. You won’t have to turn the heating up because it will be warm enough already.
Remember, unless you’re over sixty there’s no reason to have the heating on at all. Except in the coldest weeks of winter.
I hope this advice helps you deal with those expensive home costs. Use it, and you won’t be looking at your bank balance in despair at the end of each month.
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