This will be the final article in using the internet when shopping for things for your home. (You may wish to check our the first two articles in the series: using the internet to research your first home and using the internet to research your first home mortgage.) Should you find other areas where you feel you'd like more information on using the internet please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate you.
Save Up For Your Down Payment and Home Repairs
After you have saved up your down payment and have purchased your home, there are so many things to consider such as buying new furniture (especially if you have just enough to get by), possible home repairs, carpeting and even painting the interior of your new home to suit you and your family. With so many things to consider and to possibly have to purchase, you're going to want to make sure you do your research and ensure you're getting the best possible bargains for everything you may need. In addition, you're going to want to do as much of this as possible without leaving home which can result in not only spending additional money on gas for your car, but can also result in impulse purchases! On a high level, it's critical you start researching these repairs and purchases while saving up your down payment. In addition to your mortgage down payment, you will need to save extra money for repairs and purchases.
Save Money For Minor Repairs
Many minor repairs can be accomplished by you and a friend or family member. There are many "how-to" sites available that can walk you through basic repairs. From growing grass on an otherwise bare lawn to repainting a room websites like DIY Home repairs offer you in depth information as well as input from others who have made similar repairs. You can then use a website like Home Depot to price your materials.
Set Money Aside For Furniture While Saving Up Your Down Payment
This is a very exciting time! Now that you've got the money saved to add new furniture to your new home you probably want to pick out the pieces you've always dreamed of. However the hours of scouring furniture stores for those pieces is stopping you cold! No need to worry, you can visit a website like Furniture by Rooms to Go and search for any room in your home and buy one piece or buy a whole houseful of furniture at great prices! As an added frugal tip, don't feel compelled to fill your entire house up with furniture right away. If you're short on savings (which is understandable after investing your down payment in your new house), there's nothing wrong with taking your time and buying furniture one piece at a time. It's better to go the conservative, frugal route than to go into credit card debt. Remember, your new house is an investment but your new furniture is not. In addition to beautiful furniture, there are other cheaper ways to decorate your home such as buying affordable pictures and paintings (and then framing them in a nice, but cost effective frame). I suggest Wood Frame dot org as a nice starting point for thinking about frames and decorating your new home.
Major Repairs To Your New House
Unfortunately, major repairs happen. Hopefully you have not been confronted with a major repair shortly after buying your house. In the event that this has occurred you may want to look into Home Buyer Funds and find out if there is assistance in your area to help pay for those repairs!
Researching New Carpeting
If you are interested in having new carpeting in your home you can often save a lot of money by purchasing your carpeting yourself and having someone else install it. Often contractors will offer you a substantial discount on installation if you purchase the carpeting and padding yourself and just ask for installation. Value Carpet Online has a wide variety of carpeting that can easily be viewed and ordered online.
Safety In Hiring
If you are going to shop online or if you're hiring a contractor there are certain precautions you need to take to protect yourself. There are a number of consumer websites that will provide you with information on hiring contractors that can help you better understand what you should be looking for and what warning flags to watch for! The Federal Citizen Information Center offers a number of resources for all consumers. If you are looking for protection from contractors you can find that information from the Federal Trade Commission and learn more about protecting yourself.
The internet offers a variety of resources to guide you from the savings to the purchase and repair of your home. Be a wise consumer and do your research! Remember while saving up your down payment to also set aside money for repairs, furniture, and improvements to your new house.
This article is written by guest author Doreen Martel exclusively for Save For House.