Homeowner Projects for First-time Home Buyers
Buying your first home is one of the most exciting times for a homeowner. As you enter your home full of dreams and ideas, you need to think carefully about where to start and which projects to tackle first. Turning your home into your dream may require a little elbow grease, and here are some places you should put your effort first.
1. Start with Paint
A fresh coat of paint makes a huge difference in the overall feel of a home, and you can paint more easily before you get all of your belongings in place. Take the first few days after buying a house, and use them to pain the space before you move in. If this means a few days of hotel living, it will be well worth it to have the home painted exactly how you want it when you move in your stuff.
2. Change the Locks
In most cases, the previous homeowners will have no ill will or desire to get inside your home, but you never know. It's possible that the previous homeowner has a key and would try to use it to enter your home. You also have no idea who else was given a key at some point in the home's prior history. Change the locks so you know that only you can enter your home.
3. Focus on Improvements That Add Value
Sure, you just found your dream home, so the thought of moving out is far from your mind, but few homeowners stay in their first homes for the long term. If you are going to tackle a major renovation project, consider the value first. Some projects have a higher value at a future resale date than others. Some of the top options include adding an attic bedroom, installing a generator or remodeling a basement, all of which recoup 75 percent or more of their original costs.
4. Make Energy-Saving Changes
Some changes can lower your energy bills, making them important to improving your enjoyment of your new home. First, add insulation to the attic to ensure the home is well protected. Next, set the water temperate to 120 degrees, with is both safe and energy-efficient. Install ceiling fans in any rooms that need them. These let you enjoy comfort at a higher thermostat setting in the summer or a lower temperature in the winter. Finally, add appropriate insulation around pipes and the water heater. Each of these changes will whittle down your energy bills a little, adding up to big savings over time. When buying a house, this should be one of your first changes.
If you are in the market for your first home, and are already dreaming about renovating it to make it exactly what you want, you need to find a real estate agent who understands the needs and dreams of first-time buyers. In the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area, that agent is found with RE/MAX DFW Associates. Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates today to start the process of buying a house.