Whether you're buying a home from previous owners or having a new home built from scratch, it is quite a quality of life upgrade. Think about it. You can stomp on the floor and not worry about anyone below you. If the baby cries at all hours of the night you don't have to worry about the nice old lady who lives in apartment 8B losing sleep. You can decorate however you want on whatever wall you want and you don't have to worry about losing your security deposit. There is no more tip-toeing into the kitchen in the dark because your dad has been sent to sleep on the couch again. Whatever your current circumstance is, it is about to improve.
Owning a home can significantly improve your quality of life. But it also comes with responsibilities and threats that can quickly dampen the joys of your new-found freedom. That is why it is important to consider these issues before you commit to that mortgage payment.
Whatever home you buy is probably going to come with a lawn. It might be a tiny thing or it might be massive, but one thing is for sure, you won't have a landlord maintaining it. That baby is yours to take care of. Now, if you're the kind of person who likes spending hours working on your lawn, great! But, if you'd rather not have to deal with weeding, seeding, fertilizing, and a host of other lawn chores after a long day of work, you might want to consider lawn care before you buy. That way, you know you have the money for it.
Even more important than lawn care is pest control. In Florida, we have some serious termites and they mean business. Having a home without termite protection is like living without hurricane insurance. Not to mention all of the pests that will chew their way through your walls and get into your pantry, food cabinets, drawers, basements, wall voids and attic spaces. If you consider pest control before you settle on a home, your new home will be protected.
When your real estate agent tells you what you can afford for a home, be sure to consider things like lawn care and pest control before you go searching. There is nothing worse than watching a lawn or home deteriorate because you simply don't have the financial resources or energy to keep up with them. A home is a significant investment, probably the largest investment you'll ever make. Consider all of what will be needed to protect and maintain that investment for the years to come and account for it before you buy.
A new home can be a significant improvement to your quality of life. Here at McCall we know how much of an investment and achievement this milestone can be and we want you to get the most out of it. For pest control and lawn care advice give us a call. We can help.