We all know that buying a house is a huge purchase.

Between the deposit, the solicitor’s fees, stamp duty and everything else – you know it’s going to cost a lot of money. 

That anxiety can fade once you get the keys, until you’re faced with kitting out your new home. From furniture to decoration, you’ll have a whole new load of payments to deal with. Knowing what you’re up against can help prepare you money-wise, and make sure that you’ve got all of the things you need for your home. 

Take a look at some of the unexpected expenses of moving into a new house to help you get ready for your new home.

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Whether you’re moving into a new build house or you’ve just bought an older property, flooring will be one of the first things you look at changing in your home. Many new builds charge flooring as an extra cost, which can be significantly higher than what an external flooring company will charge. 

You’ll want to think carefully about the types of flooring required in each room and budget accordingly. Wooden floors in the kitchen could be a great idea, but the cost could lead you to opt for tiles instead. Be prepared to spend thousands to put flooring in your whole home, and remember to shop around to help you get the best deal.

Light fittings

Light fittings are another huge expense that come with homes. If you add up all of the light you’ll need to put in around your home, you’ll soon realise the cost is high – and that’s before you’ve booked an electrician to come and fit them! There’s a wide selection of table lamps and wall lights you can choose from to bring style into your home, and it’s worth choosing high-quality lighting to ensure longevity. The good news is that you can make do with just bulbs for a short while, so don’t feel like you have to do all of the rooms at once.

Blinds and curtains

It’s easy to take something like blind and curtains for granted, but they’re going to be an essential purchase for your home. As not all windows are the same, you’re usually faced with having to purchase custom-sized blinds and curtains to meet your exact measurements. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you might want to look at making your own curtains to help you save money and ensure that everything is to your exact taste and colour preference.

Your garden

Your garden can be another costly area to take care of when you move into your new home. Turfing or landscaping can cost more than you realise, while adding a patio is another thing that could run into hundreds of pounds. Don’t worry if you can’t afford to take care of your garden straight away, you’ll be so busy with everything else you need to do in your home that it can easily wait until next year.

Moving into a new home comes with all kinds of challenges and obstacles, but it’ll all be worth it when it comes together. Try to work out your costs before you move in to help avoid disappointment and to help you take care of everything that needs doing to make your house a home.

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