One of the most frightening and yet satisfying purchases made in life is the acquisition of a first home. Though many believe that renting is a disposable expense of over 40% of household income each year, I do believe that renting is not that terrible and is not for everyone.
However, if you are considering purchasing a home below you will find smart ways to save on household costs to help you keep your expenses down.
The idea of no longer living with parents or dealing with a landlord to depend on is coming true. The thought of water leaking under the sink, or the air conditioner stops cooling without relying on parents or landlords can be frightening since it will be your financially responsibility to deal with these unfortunate events.
Buying a home is still more affordable than renting. Instead of being stressed about the unforeseeable household expenses of owning a home, look at these smart ways to save on these housing costs.
Smart Ways To Save On Household Costs
Learn About Tax Laws and Exceptions
Taxes are an unavoidable expense and to help keep your household cost down keeping up with the latest tax laws is important. Every year, tax laws change.
If you prepare your taxes every year, it is a smart investment to get to know about the latest tax laws, set up an appointment with a local CPA or independent tax business to take a look at your tax return or get tax advice.
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Remember, CPAs and tax consultants or accountants are great resources when it comes to current tax laws each year. Some states have “h”. If you are still saving to buy a home and must rent, there are also some states who offer renter deductions or exemptions.
If this is the first year you have owned your home, there may also be local or federal exemptions for a tax break. Consult a professional regarding these possible tax breaks whether you are a homeowner or a renter. The savings could be significant based on your situation and the state you reside.
Learn Some Simple Home Repairs
Learning to make simple repairs is essential in cutting household costs. Many repair companies can charge upwards of $60.00 to send a technician to your home. The first hour is to make a determination as to the issue is.
The good news is that many businesses teach DIY classes for home repairs. Some of these DIY classes for the home are sometimes low cost or even free. There are videos and books available that walk a person through home repair fixes.
There are videos and books available that walk a person through home repair fixes. Get used to YouTube where you can find tons of helpful videos about home repairs.
As a renter learning how to do simple home repairs can save you money on your rent. Doing your own DIY repairs will eliminate the waiting game as well.
Speak with the landlord about allowing rent deductions for labor and parts when making these repairs.
It will relieve the property owner of paying a technician and create a greater trust between the landlord and tenant.
Shop and Repurpose
Everyone wants the home they live in to be inviting for others to visit. Some people want to have the best appliances and furniture to impress their family and friends. Looking around for bargains and second-hand items is a way to save quite a bit of money.
Even repurposing items already around the house can create a beautiful look in the home. It can also start great conversations. Some items for the home must be bought brand new for various reasons.
However, when creating an inviting décor, second hand, and repurposing can create the same beauty without breaking the bank.
Think of the items in your home that you bought with your hard-earned money and you all of the sudden lose to a tragedy. It is terrible to think about, but natural disasters such as flooding and tornadoes do occur.
Homeowners and rental insurance is a cost that people like to skimp on to save money. Ultimately, not having insurance can end up being very costly. Shop around and find the most beneficial homeowner or rental insurance for your specific circumstances.
In the end, it will allow you to rebuild or replace any destroyed items so that money is not spent out of pocket.
Another act that is unpleasant is a house break-in. Even if your home is in a largely safe neighborhood, criminal acts still happen. Consider the long-term benefits of having a security system installed in your home.
This is especially important if you have just purchased your first home. Insurance will not minimize the emotional pain of your house being broken into, but it will give some much-needed peace of mind for replacing any expensive stolen items. Again, this will save money out of pocket as in being prepared for a natural disaster.
Save on home utilities
As a homeowner, you want to find ways to save money for utilities. When shopping for an air conditioning and heating system, be sure to research whether the system is energy efficient. Most systems are of the newest technology in energy efficiency.
Also, there are tax breaks on certain types of energy efficient appliances and home systems. Research and ask questions when looking for heating and air conditioning systems.
Utility bills can be lowered by doing proper weatherizing and unplugging appliances when they are not in use. Use window coverings that will keep the home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Be sure to use caulking to repair cracks or openings around doors and windows so heat and air conditioning do not escape. When not using cell phones, appliances and televisions, unplug them. This seems like small savings, but at the end of the year this can add up to hundreds of dollars in lower utility bills.
Using programmable thermostats will also add money to your wallet over the year. Setting the temperature at a constant in the home saves money and energy.
During the summer months when the temperature is comfortable outside, use fans. Fans keep the air moving and create a nice breeze. This will eliminate turning the air conditioner on at times.
Look for small changes in the home to save money. Learn how to make small repairs. Research before making purchases. Keeping up a home is a constant expense. It does not have to empty your wallet if you follow some of these money saving techniques.
The savings will allow you to put money away for college, go on a family vacation, or build a new deck. Whatever your choice, it will give you peace of mind.
Your turn: When it comes to ways to save money on household costs what are your thoughts and tips?