Buying A New Home In Ascension Parish?  Five Things You May Want To Budget for After The Closing.

Ahhhh, the smell and wonderment of a brand new home in Ascension Parish!  The allure of buying a brand new home is second to none. You’ve saved for the down payment, inspections, and all closing costs. What expenses could possibly be left?  Read more to find out!

1. Appliances


Of course, the oven, stove, and microwave are there, but what about the washer, dryer, and refrigerator?  Many builders in Ascension Parish do not offer an appliance package.  Only a few builders do. Make sure you have extra money set aside for those appliances that are not included.  Very importantly, DO NOT take out any new lines of credit before closing. If you do, it could hinder your loan from closing on time or possibly not at all.

2. Security.


More and more I have seen homes in Ascension Parish that are not pre-wired for alarm systems. You will have to set aside some money for installation and also decide if you’d like to add security cameras.  You can get an estimate done prior to closing so you’ll know how much this could cost you. I recommend you reach out to at least 3 vendors to get a good idea of pricing.

3. Windows


As much as you love the amount of natural light comes into the home, you certainly do not want the neighbors looking into your bathroom. Many windows are a standard size and you can buy window coverings for a reasonable price.  Definitely measure your windows and see if standard sizes will fit, and make sure you don’t forget the windows on doors. 

4.  Landscaping


When it comes to landscaping in a new home in Ascension Parish, builders really don’t go all out to get them picturesque.  Many builders do not even sod the backyard!  They will only do the front and along the sides.  The remaining sod is up to the buyer and can cost thousands to have the rest done.  Make sure you have the extra money to make this investment.  I can tell you from my nearly 10 years of experience, If you decide to seed your yard instead, it never looks as nice as a sodded yard and you will be fighting weeds for years to come.

5. Fencing


I have never sold a brand new home that came completely fenced in by the builder.  If this is important to you, just ask your builder or Ascension Parish REALTOR® for recommendations for a quality fencing company.


Whenever you buy a new home or even an existing home, your previous furnishings may not fit with the floor plan or style of the new home.  Be prepared to possibly needing new furnishings but be sure NOT to do this prior to closing.  You DO NOT want to take out any new debt prior to closing on your new Ascension Parish home and new lines of credit can put your closing in jeopardy.

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Kristina Smallhorn

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