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New homeowners, like everyone else, undoubtedly have a variety of additional financial responsibilities on top of their mortgages. As such, they can easily fall into debt if they don’t budget accordingly. To stay financially stable after signing for your mortgage, take a look at these financial tips for new homeowners.

Find the right insurance plans

Every homeowner is required to purchase homeowner’s insurance. However, there are many other forms of insurance that new homeowners should also consider investing in, such as life insurance or disability income insurance. By getting additional coverage, you’ll be able to protect your family’s finances in the case of unexpected incidents—such as illness or being laid off—that may prevent you from paying your mortgage.

Hire an accountant

If you don’t already have one, you might want to consider hiring an accountant after purchasing your first home. When you become a homeowner, your financial status is likely to change significantly. A professional accountant will help you navigate your new situation and give you valuable advice on new financial strategies.

Budget for unexpected expenses

Unfortunately, the expenses don’t stop after you close on your new home. Homeowners often encounter unexpected costs long after they sign for their mortgage, such as fees for unforeseen electrical or structural issues. The financial burden of these surprise costs will be a lot easier to manage if you budget for them in advance.

Don’t forget about maintenance costs

Simply maintaining your home can quickly rack up a substantial bill. Homeowners can easily spend a couple thousand dollars each year on maintenance costs such as mowing the lawn and heating and cooling costs. As such, new homeowners should remember to designate a portion of their monthly budgets to cover these costs.

A home is one of the biggest purchases most people will ever make. By following these financial tips for new homeowners, you can better manage the additional expenses that come with owning your first house.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.