If you are moving for the first time after buying a new home, then people are likely telling you a lot of things to expect. The problem is that there are also a lot of things that will be unique to your situation. There will be some parts of the experience that you will experience that you aren’t expecting. Namely some expenses that come out of nowhere.
Unless you use some Utah home builders and build a house from scratch, then there are going to be some things in your new home that will need to be fixed or renovated that you hadn’t considered. In this article, we will go over some of the expenses you should be aware of.
1 – Exterminator
One of the easiest things to miss when you do your walkthrough of a new house is the presence of pests. They could easily be hidden and even a home inspector could miss them. This means that you are likely to need the services of an exterminator. The cost of which is going to depend on the type of infestation and how big it is.
If your house is old then you probably will have some mice that are getting into the house in the winter and causing problems. They can get into your pantry and not only eat your food but also contaminate the area. This requires getting rid of the mice you already have and then sealing up the house so you don’t get more in the future.
Bed bugs are another common pest that will take a lot of effort to get rid of that can easily get looked over when you do an inspection. They can cause a lot of problems if you don’t deal with them definitively.
2 – HVAC repairs
Another easy-to-miss issue is the HVAC system. If you made an offer on the house in the winter you likely didn’t check to see if the A/C was working. Vice versa if you made your offer in the summer for the heat. This means that you may find that when you move in that it doesn’t work. You’ll need to scramble to get it fixed once you’re in so you aren’t without heat.
There will be a costly repair to be done if this is the case. In some cases, you may find that you have to replace the entire system which is very costly.
3 – Plumbing
Part of the home inspection is going to be if the plumbing is in working order or not. However, in some old homes, there are issues that are hard to spot. The plumbing may seem fine but when you move in with a family, it could become clear that the water demands you are putting on the system are too much for it to handle.
For instance, you may end up with a slow flushing toilet that could need to be replaced or, your septic system is too old and can’t handle the strain of a family using the sewer.