Buying a home for the first time is very exciting, but there are also a number of challenges that accompany the homeowner experience, not the least of which is the financial strain it may put on your budget.
There are certain tips and tricks every new homeowner should know that usually come with experience, which is sometimes gained the hard way, by making mistakes. These tips can save you money when it comes to costs associated with owning your own home and hopefully avoid some of the costly pitfalls.
Take Advantage of Tax Benefits
There are homeowner tax credits that you may qualify for which will save you money. Some states have programs that can assist you with down payments or closing costs as well as improvement costs for first-time homebuyers.
Get a Free Home Energy Audit
How would you like to save up to $600 a year on your energy bill? Many businesses offer services to help you learn how to save on home energy costs, and many offer complimentary home energy audits which can include checking for proper insulation and leaky faucets among other things.
Buy Energy-Efficient Appliances
If you are buying a brand new home you will likely be able to choose the appliances, but if you are buying a preexisting home the energy-efficient models you want may or may not be included. Either way, you’ll likely want the latest energy-efficient appliances which can save you an average of 30% a year on energy costs.
Replace the Air Filter
This one is very cheap and easy to do. Who knows how long the air filter has been in your new home’s A/C system? Spending a few bucks to replace it can make a big difference in the efficiency of your unit.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
If you are like many American families, everyone is at work or school during the day, yet the A/C or heat continually runs even when no one is there. A programmable thermostat lets you save money by setting the unit to turn up or down during the times of day when no one is home. You can even program the thermostat to cool down or heat up your home just before you arrive at the end of the day.
Luxury-Built Homes in Central Texas
Brohn has been building luxury homes in the Austin and San Antonio areas since 2002 and we realize that your home is an expression of you inside and out. Every Brohn customer works with one of our highly skilled designers to choose from several finishes and features which will help you customize your home to the fullest extent.
Contact us today to learn more about building your dream home.