Buying your first house is a big step and often times, people don’t find out if they are really ready to own a home before embarking on the process. Being ready is about being financially and emotionally prepared to buy and own a home.
Did you know if your house isn't properly insulated, it could be leaking hundreds of your hard-earned dollars each year?
Debt can be extremely detrimental to your financial future if you're not careful. Fortunately, there are ways to manage debt so it works for you, rather than against you - but it does require a little thing called self-discipline.
Some homeowners decide to take it a step further and make improvements that will increase the value of their home. This is where it gets tricky - some improvements, although nice, may not add value to a home. Yes, a current homeowner may enjoy the improvement, but a potential buyer may be far from impressed.
For this reason, it's important to focus on adding functionality to your home - For example, adding a family room or extra bathroom may be a wise investment. Other improvements, however, allow little opportunity to recover costs.
Sometimes appraisals can be inaccurate, especially when the appraiser hasn't taken home repairs and improvements into consideration. This is why you should choose wisely when it comes to investing in home projects.
If you’re thinking about doing a few home improvements, you may want to consider what will give you the best return on your investment down the road.
According to the Remodeling 2013 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com)*, you will recoup the most cost from a steel entry door replacement and a garage door replacement in the Indianapolis area. These two improvements may not be at the top of your list, but you’ll recover about 79.3% of the entry door cost and 68.7% of the garage door replacement cost. Entry door replacement even ranks as the number one project in the U.S. for a return on remodeling. Third runner up is a minor kitchen remodel. You’ll potentially earn around 66.1% of the amount you put into it (ex. paying around $18,433 with a resale value of $12,193).
The process of improving your home can be very exciting because it allows you to make your home unique to your tastes. But if you don't do things correctly, you could be out a large chunk of money and hinder the ability to sell your home at a later date.
Here are some simple things to avoid so you don't fall into the home improvement money pit:
There are a lot of important events that take place over the course of our lifetime. Marriage, buying a home, and having your first child are all events that are very exciting but also very stressful.
The excitement combined with the stress can lead us to rationalize very poor financial decisions by saying things like, "Well you only get married once," or, "Just getting one more thing for the new baby won't hurt." It's important to keep your emotions under control during these milestones so you don't end up in financial hardship.