Young woman holding cardboard box. Moving into new home.

Buying a home for the first time can be very exciting. However, it can also be something of a learning curve.

New homeowners can make quite a few mistakes when they move into their new homes. The good news is that most of the mistakes can be rectified at some point.

Buying A Home That’s Too Expensive

Some new homeowners opt for a home that’s just too expensive. They assume that having a beautiful new home will be all that they need. However, they’ll soon learn that a cheaper home can be ideal.

Homeowners have other expenses to pay for such as:


  • Utility bills that can soon mount up so a range of providers should be viewed
  • Home insurance which can be expensive so it pays to review insurance companies
  • Bills for the general upkeep of the home


Try not to buy a home that will leave your bank account empty every month. Instead, buy a house that you can easily afford and make a home.


Failing to Keep Up With Maintenance Issues

Those who are selling a home tend to deal with maintenance issues before the sale. However, after the house is sold the new owners may neglect the issues.

Don’t make the same mistake and assume that all is well. Keep up with every aspect of home maintenance so looking after your home costs less.


Making Big Changes To The Home Quickly

A new home can be something of a blank canvas. However, making changes to it in the first year can be a mistake. By spending time in the home you’ll have a better idea about where changes can be made if any. Chances are that the plans you make after a year of living there will be different from your original plans.


Defining The Property Line

Some new homeowners like to plant a row of trees or erect a fence along their property line. However, it’s not always clear where the line is.

In some cases, the land past the property line might be owned by:

  • The City
  • Your neighbor
  • A private company

Should you build on or over the property line you could cause problems. Find out where the line is so you know where you can put up a fence.

Buying Brand New Furniture

It can be very tempting to buy brand new furniture for your new home. However, if you’re on a budget buying new furniture can take up most of your budget.

Consider living in your new home for at least a few months before you buy all the furniture you need. When you wait, you’ll get a better feel for the type of furniture you need. You’ll be glad that you did.

Use the above tips to help you avoid making the above mistakes. Buying a home for the first time can be stressful enough. However, knowing what not to do can make the whole process much easier.