Common costs homeowners may face – why it pays to save!

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In some respects, owning a home can be cheaper than renting. However, there may be a number of costs associated with owning a home that those who rent may not need to worry about. A lessor may cover significant repairs, depending on the rental agreement. When you own real estate, the responsibilities of purchase, selling, and even upkeep fall down to you. Due to this, it might be a good idea to consider some of those common expenses and adequately prepare for them in case they arise.

Broker services

When you want to sell your home and buy a new one, or even purchase your first home, to begin with, you may benefit from the use of a brokerage such as Compass. A real estate broker may be able to help you to find the house of your dreams, especially if you have specific requirements in mind. They could also help you to put your home on the market, and try to generate interest from potential buyers. Realistically, this means that moving home may cost more money than just that initial offer you make. Ensuring you have enough aside for other services, could help you to get what you need.

Replacing the boiler

Hot water and heating are vital and should come as standard in every home. Having the boiler looked after can help to prevent larger issues from arising. However, if your boiler is old, or there are already significant problems, you may need to get it replaced. This could cost anywhere between $3000 and $8000, with a national average price of $5678. This means it may not be affordable unless you have some money put away. Saving up for regular checks, and in case you need repairs or replacement, could ensure that this expense doesn’t hit you as hard if/when the time comes. If the boiler is nearing 15 years old, that may also be an indicator that it needs replacing soon.


Even something as simple as decorating your home can cost money. The amount may vary depending on how extensive your decorating is, whether you plan on changing built-in appliances as well, and even whether you plan to do it yourself or hire a contractor. It is estimated that a home may need to be redecorated roughly every five to seven years, which can give you plenty of time to create a budget and save up for the associated costs. You may want to consider increasing the budget to use higher quality materials and potentially have more time in between or lower the budget if need be but be prepared to need to decorate more frequently.

Owning your own home can help you to get out of the rent trap. However, it does mean that you might need to be careful when it comes to money, and remember to prioritize saving. This way, if you face an expense, you can be adequately prepared.