Common New Homeowner Mistakes

Over time, we’ve seen a number of new homeowner mistakes repeated over and over. We’d like to help you avoid some of those mistakes, so we’ve put this short article together for you.

#1: Not Saving for Rainy Days

When I was a kid, I thought “saving for a rainy day” meant saving up money to do something fun on a rainy day. Now that I’m an adult, I wish that’s all I had to save money for!

The problem with being a new homeowner and owning a home is that things will break. The upstairs air conditioner will stop working in the middle of the summer. Your dishwasher will go on the fritz. The sump pump in the basement may stop working, causing your basement to flood with some nasty-smelling water. The roof might start leaking, and the water eventually makes its way down through the insulation and into your drywall.

Not good or fun. But that’s what it means to be a homeowner. And since it’s your property, it’s your responsibility to take care of it.

So make sure you’re putting aside money every month to deal with these types of events.

#2: Not Maintaining Appliances

When was the last time you replaced the air filter in your furnaces? Have you cleaned the coil of your refrigerator in the last year? Did you know the vent going from your dryer to outside the house can get clogged with lint, so you need to clean it out somewhat regularly? Did you know that flushing your hot water heater can help improve its efficiency and lifespan?

No, these things aren’t fun. But dedicating a little time every month to performing regular maintenance on the house can go a long way to preventing problems down the road.

#3: Doing Projects “Fast” Instead of Right

Have you ever seen a retention wall that was falling apart? Maybe it was leaning, or even had bricks that had fallen off?

Or maybe you’ve seen a room with a lot of paint splotches where there were mistakes and someone got a bit messy?

These types of things happen when a homeowner is more interested in doing a project quickly than doing it the right way. Take a little extra time to do things right the first time. Like the old adage says, “measure twice, cut once.” It’s better to make sure things are set up correctly and just do it one time than making a mistake and having to do it over again.

#4: Not Inspecting the House

One way to make sure your home stays in good shape is to schedule inspections. Walk around the house and look for things that seem out of place. Are the windows and doors sealed, or can you see a light through the cracks and feel a draft? Is the caulk holding up, or is it getting moldy, cracking or breaking altogether?

Doing these types of inspections don’t take much time and they can help keep your house comfortable and prevent bigger problems from popping up later.


The toughest part about homeownership is maintaining it, hence why a lot of these new homeowner mistakes focus on that aspect. But if you have any other questions about owning a home, especially the homebuying process, give us a call at (877) 556-2655. We look forward to helping you!

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