Housing Finance Explained

Don’t we all know that there are costs that come with owning a house! Especially, ongoing costs, that have paramount safety implications as well being able to ensure a reasonable level of comfort.

Let’s start with utilities. Most people in developed countries have never had to to walk miles to fetch buckets of water to bring back home (or should that be buy massive bottles of water, from retail stores like Lidl?). As wonderful a thing as water on tap is, it can only come at a price. When you move home, the first thing you need to do is ascertain the contact of an approved plumber as well as the water company (who are, of course, responsible, for keeping that water uncontaminated etc.!).

In this article’s country of origin, it seems to me that people prefer radiators over open fires with chimneys. Of course, in the modern day and age we are always comforted by the idea that there are alternatives to open combustion indoors; dangerous! Know whether your heating comes from gas or from electricity, keep your gas man or electrician on standby. The only real ones worth considering are registered ones (CIPHE / CORGI / APHC in the UK) who don’t try to fob you off with hidden costs and who do not always disappoint by not having the right equipment.

As far as electricity goes, there are usually additional charges involved if you intend to have a PC with Internet access – but this should be discussed with the individual retailer.

Everyone goes on about mobile phones these days but that does not mean that they have ceased to take their land lines and answering machines for granted. Always allow consideration for calls costs – but would you know whom to turn to if you got a bad reception or something like that? Who’s your phone engineer?

Other than that, homes tend to be the best source of work for DIY contractors – painters / decorators, plasterers, aerial engineers etc. etc.

Another aspect of the broad topic of housing finance is the housing market. Your real estate agent should help to provide you with good suggestions when you are seeking to avail yourself of a new domicile (but consider mortgages issues). Of course, banks are always willing to discuss the housing deals that they have on offer (but you should always read everything – including the small print – before you sign anything).

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