Budgeting

What to Budget for When Buying A Home

Are you planning on buying a home in Dallas Texas or elsewhere in the DFW area? If so, there are a variety of things that you should budget for before making your purchase.

In this article, I will provide you with tips on what you should budget for before buying a home just so you will be aware of all of the costs involved before becoming a home buyer.

Lawyer

You’ll need a solicitor to handle your purchase and also sale if you’re selling too. The legal work carries a fee and there are often lots of hidden extras, such as the cost of doing property searches, a fee for transferring mortgage funds, and so on. Ask your solicitor for total transparency up front on all the known fees that are coming your way. Then you’ll get a good idea of what the final total will be. It’ll usually come in somewhere between $1,000 and $2,500 depending on how complex the legal work for the purchase is.

Real Estate agent

If you’re a seller, remember the estate agent you used will probably demand their fee upon completion. That will typically be between 1% and 3% of the property’s value, plus VAT on top. This is a hefty cost not dissimilar to stamp duty so can mean thousands of pounds leaving your account.

Mortgage

Mortgages typically come with product fees, which can be around $1,000 and sometimes added to the loan. There may also be a valuation fee. And while there are free mortgage brokers out there, some you have to pay for, usually a couple of hundred pounds. You’ll also need to be able to afford the deposit of anywhere between 5% and 20% of the property’s value. While not a fee, it’s still money you’ll need to account for somewhere.

Survey

Having a full survey done of the house is very important before you make a purchase. You don’t want to buy a property that has major problems. Surveyors will also flag minor issues and make an overall judgment about whether they think what you’re paying is a reasonable price. The cost of a survey is typically a few hundred pounds. It’s worth getting several quotes for survey work.

Removal

The cost of hiring a van or maybe even a full removal service, including packing, is worth considering if you’re unable to do it all yourself or don’t have family on hand to help. Depending on what you need and how much there is to pack and transport, the cost can run from a few hundred pounds to the low thousands. Get quotes to make sure you secure a good deal. Moreover, don’t forget the extra costs on moving day, such as someone to look after the pets and the children.

Home insurance

To secure a mortgage you’ll need to ensure your home against any damage. This is different from contents insurance as it’s not about what’s inside the home but the building itself. You can get quotes, but you’re probably looking at north of $100 for the year.

Work

Your survey may pick up on work that needs doing fairly urgently, such as drain repairs. If the surveyor says something needs to be addressed quickly then you should heed their advice. Get quotes for whatever needs attending to in advance of your purchase and then set aside the money to pay for it.

Buffer

If possible, set aside money as a buffer in case there are surprise costs for which you haven’t budgeted specifically. It’s better to overestimate the total you’ll need than underestimate it. Whatever the total is, try, if possible, to set an extra $1,000 aside just to be safe. Or as much as you are able to—just for peace of mind.

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To learn more about what you should budget for when buying a home, or to search for homes in the DFW area, contact me today by calling (972) 523-1389 or click here to connect with me online.

Growing up in Tarrant County and later moving to Dallas County, Heath is well versed in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. After graduating from Southwest Texas State University, and then receiving his MBA, he wasn’t fulling his passion of remodeling houses and finding the next person to call it home. After remodeling a few house on his own, he decided to take it to the next level and help others find their dream homes to accomplish their goal of calling it home. “I really want to be the Real Estate Professional that remembers the agony of waiting to hear back from buyers or sellers on a sale and ensure communication is fulfilled along the way, the waiting can be torture when you are excited for your next buy or sell”. Dedication, professionalism and the “can do attitude” are all the traits you will find in Heath.

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