Mistakes Homeowners Make When Choosing Their First Home


Picking your first home can be a daunting task for anyone new to home buying, and it’s not only about the financial and legal aspects. There is a lot to learn when you start buying homes and it’s hard not to make mistakes when you’re in the market for your first home. This article will help new homeowners navigate successfully through this important milestone in their lives. 

Overspending On the Home Itself

Many homeowners who are buying their first home are spending too much money. It can be easy to exceed your income by spending more than you make. A good way to avoid that is to keep a detailed account of your spending, so you can keep track of how much you are actually spending and compare it to your income. That way you can decide the exact amount to spend on the house.

Keeping a budget keeps things from getting out of hand. It puts a limit on your spending, and it helps you live within your means. How much you should spend on your first home depends on how far you are willing to stretch.

Settling For a House That Has a Lot of Issues

Don’t buy a house that has a lot of problems. If a house has serious problems, it’s probably too expensive. You should concentrate on how much it will cost to fix, rather than how much it will cost to replace. Since any renovation is likely to cost at least $15,000, we should also consider the size of that sum. However, if you the issues are manageable, you can buy the house and make it new again with improvements such as using 1930s internal door designs.

Not Doing an Inspection

Homebuyers sometimes say, “Do I really need an inspection?” The simple answer is, of course, yes.

A homebuyer that takes the time and trouble to do a house inspection gets the knowledge to make a good decision, and the peace of mind of knowing that the home they want to buy is good. 

Homebuyers are sometimes surprised by unexpected problems when they move in. Most are minor and easily repaired. But there are some houses that are worse than others. Often, the problems are things that could have been found during the inspection, or should have been, but weren’t.

Choosing the Wrong Neighborhood

The biggest trap home buyers fall into is choosing the wrong neighborhood. A better neighborhood is one where people share similar tastes and lifestyles. In general, people look to live where they enjoy spending time. This is what makes a particular neighborhood stand out among other similar neighborhoods.

If many people are buying homes in your neighborhood, it’s a good sign. It means that demand for housing is high, and that homes are selling. But if most homes are selling and few people are moving in, the neighborhood is in trouble.


When it comes time to choosing your first home, you may not think about all the little things that can affect your overall satisfaction when you move in. There are definitely some common mistakes home buyers make when choosing their first home. Know these mistakes so you have no regrets when picking your dream house.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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2 years ago

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Si Vales Valeo Real Estate

Great article. It’s important do a house inspection to know the cost and amount of repairs to expect. Thanks for sharing your insights.