Resources for Your First House

Moving into your first house can be intimidating. Even if you lived in a dorm or shared an apartment for years, moving into a bona fide house on your own is a big step. Don’t worry, though, there are plenty of resources available to help you navigate the process of actually moving in.

Buying Has It’s Privileges

Giving house keysIn addition to the financial advantages of purchasing a home over renting, there are some perks associated with being a home owner instead of a renter. The most obvious is that you have a realtor to walk you through the process.

A good realtor won’t disappear when the mortgage is signed. They will provide information on everything from setting up utilities and insuring your belongings to enrolling your kids in school and finding a nearby health club.

As a first-time homeowner, there are likely programs offered by your local government, banks, and community organizations that will help you with everything from finding a realtor and a mortgage to hiring a moving company and dealing with your HOA.

Renters Have Resources Too

Just because you’re renting your house instead of buying it doesn’t mean you’re out on your own. The landlord or property management company that is leasing the property should provide you with all the details you need to set up utilities as well as explain what responsibilities you have for upkeep versus what the owner will take care of. Think landscaping, repairs, and things like that.

If you’re looking for more information, try your local government website. Most cities and towns know have “welcome” guides and they aren’t just for transplants. It will likely have a checklist of things you need to do from turning on the water to what congressional district the house is in to how to update the address on your drivers license/car registration.

Still looking for more information? The web is a treasure trove of “how to” guides and videos. Search for specific businesses in your new neighborhood or learn about programs offered by companies in your area, like the video below which explains how a storage company will lend you their truck for a local move.

The information you seek is out there to make your move into your new house as easy as possible. Just look for it.

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