5 Stressful Stages Every Homeowner Will Experience
These scenarios may be inevitable, but a few helpful tips can make it a lot easier
Every homeowner faces a different challenge every day—it could be a plumbing disaster, ripped upholstery, or a pest outbreak—there are just different things that can go wrong when running a home. At any point in your nesting journey, you're going to experience these things and it is better to be safe than sorry. To help you out, we've listed some of the most common trials and a few tips on how you can overcome it:
1. Moving out of a home
Much like renting or buying a home, moving out for the first time is an important milestone, too. While it is an exciting chapter, it can get a little stressful! Make sure to prepare everything you want to bring months before your moving date, but remember that it’s okay to ask for help from friends if you’re already pressed for time.
2. Pushed turnover dates
Everything is ready to go—the floor plan and interior design, but the turnover date, due to some reason, has been pushed to a further date AGAIN. Delayed turnover dates are pretty common among sellers and developers, so it is important to read and understand your contract to know what legal steps you can do to hasten the turnover of your home or to compensate for the resources lost due to the delay. Learn more about it here.
3. Coming up with a construction bond
Finding a good contractor can be frustrating, since you want to be assured that the project will not be left unfinished. That’s why no matter how small the renovation or repair is, you must always have a construction bond—specifically a performance bond as this guarantees you the completion of the project. Remember to get proper consultation and a reputable guarantor to liaise your bond.
4. Design approval from admin
Don't forget to secure an approval from the building or subdivision admin first before you start with your home improvement project. Each developer has its own rules and regulations regarding renovation projects so it’s better to ask your developer or the building administration what are the requirements you need to submit to be able to merit an approval. They may require you to submit construction bonds, contract with the contractor, and architectural or engineering drawings—make sure you prepare these beforehand.
5. Getting to know the neighbors
You’ve finally moved and settled into your new place! When you’re done unpacking and decorating, take some time to introduce yourself and get to know your neighbors. Being friends or getting acquainted with the people living nearby can be good for you as aside from having someone you can have brunch with, it's practical to know someone who might be able to help you in case of an emergency.
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