2 Helpful Services You May Consider Using When You Buy Your Next Home

Buying a home requires some big financial decisions and also can bring on extra responsibilities as a homeowner. As a homeowner you want to make sure your home's utilities are all connected and set up in your name and you are prepared to financially handle any unexpected repairs needed on your home's systems or components. Here are two professional services you can use on your next home purchase to make the move-in and buying process a bit easier.

Utility Connection Service

Once you close on your home's purchase, the next step is to pack up your household and belongings to move into your new home. This process includes shutting off service at your old home and transferring your utilities and other home services to your new property.

You can sign up for a service online, which will take all the work from you to notify the electric company, gas company, internet service provider, phone service, water and city garbage service, and home security service of your impending move and to connect services at your new place. There is a small one-time fee for this service, but it can save you quite a bit of time you would normally spend doing it on your own.

Home Warranty

Your budget may already be tight after the down payment, closing costs, and your new mortgage payment, but when something in your newly purchased home breaks down and needs repairs you still need to handle it. A home warranty is a great option to help you cover unexpected expenses to replace appliances or home systems and components.

This coverage is available for you to buy as a homeowner, which covers items, such as your fridge, central air conditioning, dishwasher, electrical, and plumbing. You will be responsible for paying a service fee to have any repairs or replacements completed, depending on the warranty contract. Call your home warranty service center and an agent will arrange for a service professional to come out to your home as soon as possible to remedy, repair, or replace the system or component in your home.

And if you are not sure if you can afford a home warranty, you may be able to have the home seller pay for a one-year warranty coverage as part of the deal in buying the home. Talk to your real estate agent about having this home warranty request written into your purchase offer.