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3 Tips For New Homeowners

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Buying your first home is a dream for many young adults. And it’s fair to say that, if you're a first time homeowner, you might take a few wrong turns along the way. Experience is key when it comes to owning a property and making it your home. It doesn’t matter how much advice more experienced friends give you, you’ll probably make the same mistakes that everyone else has made. Mistakes are good; they teach you valuable lessons. But if you want to stop costly troubles when you move into your new home, you want to make sure you avoid these three  pitfalls:

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1. Use a Moving Company
It doesn’t matter how long you’ve spent comparing the costs of planning the move yourself versus using a moving company, you should always go with the professionals. Be realistic. First of all, you can’t put everything you own in the trunk of your car. You will need to repeat the journey to your home several times to transport all your boxes from one location to the other. Additionally, DIY movers tend to increase the risk of breakage during transportation, as their vehicle isn’t suited for this purpose. Hiring a van might still require multiple trips, keeping your fuel costs high and putting items that aren’t properly secured at risk. Finally, injuries are frequent during moving, as people are tempted to lift heavy objects, which can strain the lower back area. You can experience a variety of unpleasant symptoms, from difficulties bending and stretching to pain in the legs, back, and buttocks! Now ask yourself: is all that worth the few dollars you save via a DIY approach?

2. Hire Contractors To Do Professional Work 
Your new home might require some important renovations before you can safely move in. Decorative work, such as painting walls and putting up wallpaper, can be satisfying. However, anything that requires professional knowledge, should be left to experts. Electrical and plumbing work, for instance, need to be delegated to certified professionals. Structural work, such as additions, require not only qualified builders but also a permit before you start!

3. Consider an Interior Designer
Last, but not least, you’ve been dreaming about a cozy interior. Here’s a tip: It doesn’t happen by chance. It takes practice. In the long term, you’re going to save yourself a lot of money and time if you hire a professional designer.

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