Ready To Buy A Home? 4 Ways To Reduce Long-Term Costs

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When buying a home, you may know that you will be taking on a number of routine expenses such as the mortgage, home insurance, property taxes, and utilities.

While you may feel comfortable with these expenses, you may also know that you are interested in saving money on living expenses whenever possible. To make sure this happens, you will want to prioritize single-family homes that give you multiple opportunities to reduce long-term costs.

Solar Panel System

An excellent way to save money over time is by buying a home with a solar panel system because it will reduce your energy bill on a consistent basis over the years. If you are planning to live in a climate with a lot of sunlight throughout the year, you should feel even more confident about getting a place with this feature since it will produce so much energy for your family over time.

Mild Climate

Another option for cutting costs as a homeowner is by living in an area with a mild climate. This can make an enormous difference because it will reduce or eliminate the need to use the heating or cooling systems throughout the year. When you do not have to use these systems on a regular basis, you will not have to invest as much time, effort, and money into maintaining them.

Gutter System 

Finding homes with gutter systems is worthwhile because they will give your foundation the protection that it needs to avoid moisture-related problems. Another perk that comes with this feature is the ability to set up rainwater barrels at the downspouts to collect rainwater easily.

This water can then be used to water all the grass, plants, and trees throughout your landscape, which will help you save money on your water bill over the long run.

Native Landscape

Although a lush, exotic, and primarily nonnative landscape may stand out in your neighborhood and look impressive to all your guests, you will find that trying to maintain it can get expensive.

This makes it worth prioritizing a native landscape instead even though it may have a lot of the plants and trees that you see throughout the city and neighborhood. Native plants often require little to no upkeep for them to stay healthy, which in turn reduces your homeowner costs.

When you pay attention to these kinds of details while buying a home, you can buy one in which you feel confident about long-term savings.

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19 October 2020

Sarah's Renting Tips

Although I've never worked professionally in the real estate business, I sure know my way around it. How, do you ask? Well, I have simply rented a lot of different places and worked with a lot of different landlords and real estate agents. In the past 7 years I've lived in 11 different houses or apartments, none of them my own. In finding those 11, I have looked at literally hundreds of apartments. I used to hate house hunting, but now it's kind of fun. You just need to know what you want and the right questions to ask. Hopefully this blog can help you learn some of the tricks of the trade from another renter like yourself.