January 16, 2024
Regardless of whether you've bought a brand new house in 2023 or you've owned a vintage extraordinaire for decades, all homes need regular care and upkeep.
So, let's take a look at the most important homeowner resolutions you should consider in 2024.
For first-home buyers in particular, this question can be especially head-scratching.
Go back to your building and pest inspection report, take note of the home's defects - and start your new year plan by fixing the major defects (of which hopefully, there won't be too many!)
If they're not already under these headlines, make a particular note of bathroom and laundry problems, as these will usually require a plumber and these tradespeople can be especially expensive.
Such problems can also expand very quickly - and damage other parts of your house - if not taken care of.
The key to home ownership maintenance is prioritising where your money should go.
Renovations are in a different category again to must-have maintenance fixes - but they will still need to be prioritised.
At the same time, don't be too worried if you can't fix all your home's major defects in your first year of ownership.
Your budget in this year is likely to be low - plus new and confusing - as you get used to paying council rates and other such fees and costs.
But do aim to fix one major defect - or at least a minor one - in your first year with the home.
Then, make a note to fix the next most important ones in 2025 and so on.
Your building and pest inspection tradesperson should be able to help you with prioritisation and they may also be able to fix the issues themselves or recommend someone who can.
When you're spending your own money - rather than having a landlord spend their's - on crucial issues, you'll quickly learn how to financially prioritise home maintenance points.
So, while you may love to purchase a pretty birdbath for the garden, such items may simply have to wait till another year.
Then again, you may choose to treat yourself to such items if you receive a Christmas work bonus - or you could ask friends and family members for such items as a birthday gift.
Whatever your property plans are in 2024, rest assured Listing Loop can help you!
As Australia's leading marketplace for off-market, pre-market listings and more, you'll be ahead of the buyer competition before you even start the purchasing process.
Happy New Year!
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