This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT. All opinions are 100% mine.
We bought our house 3.5 years ago. It seems like yesterday honestly. It’s hard to believe this is our 4th holiday season in our house. The house itself has come a long way. When we bought it, we really piecemealed furniture together and had zero budget to decorate. Sure over the past 3 plus years we’ve managed more, but I want to share 3 things to consider when buying a new house, especially if it’s your first house!
3 Things To Consider When Buying A New House
Don’t Freak Out About Lack Of Furniture: Our house is 4 bedrooms plus 2 living spaces, a bonus area, and a kitchen with a breakfast nook. We came from an apartment and didn’t have much furniture. Of course the OCD part of me wanted to furnish every single room! Thankfully there are places like CORT which, offers furniture rentals.! It’s the best way to make a house feel like a home without spending a fortune! You can rent an entire house worth of furniture or even just a few rooms! This is great for people moving into first homes or even apartments! It’s hard to furnish an entire house at once and can really get expensive. This way you can gradually buy what you need. They even have amazing knick knacks and decor items. Think lamps, mirrors, etc. These are a few of my favorite living room combos!
Set Something Aside Each Month: If you want to decorate, paint, buy new appliances, etc, I suggest setting a little something aside each month so every month you can get one or two things on your list. I would also wait for big holiday sales and check out local garage sales for items you can revamp! You won’t believe the kind of treasures you can find that just need a little love! Plus you can use CORT’s furniture rental service in the mean time!
Don’t Go To The Top Of Your Budget: When you are pre-approved for a loan don’t go nuts and spend the amount you are pre-approved for in it’s entirety. You never know what hidden costs may come up in the process of moving, and once you move discovering little imperfections. For example: when we bought our house we had to replace our backdoor within a month and our dishwasher. Two things we weren’t prepared for. Being house poor is never fun. I have seen way too many friends do this and it can put a huge stress on you! We tried to stay at around 70% of what we were approved for.
Do you have any tips to add to this list of things to consider when buying a new house?