Buying a home, especially your first home, can be an exciting and terrifying experience. For me, the last month has been a rollercoaster of emotions. There have been ups and downs, twists and turns, and it’s emotionally exhausting.
That said there have been some helpful books as we’ve prepared and started along this journey. If you too are considering a home purchase, here are a few to check out.
Start here as early as possible to get your finances in order. While we haven’t followed everything to the letter, we’ve made some pretty major changes to how we handle finances and it played one of the biggest roles in helping us get ready for this financial commitment.
The section on negotiating made a massive difference for us. Though this book was published 10 years ago there’s still some solid advice that we took to heart. It may be a sellers’ market right now, but if you look during the right months when competition from other buyers is at its lowest, you may still be able to strike a pretty sweet deal.
Some key advice I took away from this book was related to emotional attachment. It’s important to look at a house as impartially as you can when considering what you need in your future home. Decide what is most important and valuable to you, and don’t get caught up on bonuses over needs.
I love to listen and absorb information, but I’m terrible at asking questions until I’ve had time to mull things over. These questions are ones to ask yourself, your agent, the seller, and your lender. I found them to be a great starting point for the conversations I needed to have, and got me thinking about those conversations early so that I knew what my questions were.
Once you’ve made the purchase you may find yourself more focused on upkeep and personalization. I’ve talked about this resource before and it’s still one of the first places I turn to when I have repair questions. Yes, I’ve already looked up how to build bookshelves. Maybe you’re considering buying a fixer-upper or just need the basics, whichever category you fall into, the HOME IMPROVEMENT REFERENCE CENTER has got you covered.
When browsing these books I read the sections that were important to me, and skipped around to see if there was any new information I hadn’t picked up elsewhere. There are several other books available on home buying (call # 643.12) and I highly recommend you take a look at ones that feel relevant to you and your unique circumstances.
Best of luck future home owners, and may you find a home you love!