What type of home owner are you?

Published on November 25th, 2020
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Bill Tsouvalas
Bill Tsouvalas is the managing director and a key company spokesperson at Savvy. As a personal finance expert, he often shares his insights on a range of topics, being featured on leading news outlets including News Corp publications such as the Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun, Fairfax Media publications such as the Australian Financial Review, the Seven Network and more. Bill has over 15 years of experience working in the finance industry and founded Savvy in 2010 with a vision to provide affordable and accessible finance options to all Australians. He has built Savvy from a small asset finance brokerage into a financial comparison website which now attracts close to 2 million Aussies per year and was included in the BRW’s Fast 100 in 2015 as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. He’s passionate about helping Australians make financially savvy decisions and reviews content across the brand to ensure its accuracy. You can follow Bill on LinkedIn.
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Every home attracts a particular kind of homeowner. There are the eco-friendly and economical homeowners, the show-offs who go big, and the neighbours who constantly perform some renovation on their home. Some of these traits are good and can increase the value you of your home, but others could wreck any savings you have. Do you know what type of homeowner are you?

The “I bought too much house”

You have finally managed to snap up the home of your dreams. But now that you own possibly one of the most prized assets you realise that it is costing you more than you expected in one way or another. This is a house that has ample space that hasn’t been utilised or it could simply be too much house that has bills that are becoming harder to maintain.

Handy tip: If you are finding it hard to comfortably meet your mortgage repayments or find that there are rooms that you hardly use in your home, it is time you considered downsizing. Your mortgage, tax, and house insurance combined should not exceed 30% of your income. Speaking to a financial advisor can also help you know what your next move should be financially so that you don’t get pushed into the red.

The DIY fanatic

After watching some interesting home renovation programs, you might feel “gung-ho” with your toolbox ready to take on every nook and cranny in your home. Turning your home into a Pinterest perfect home is not uncommon if you are part of the 62% of Aussies that have undertaken some form of renovation to improve their homes.

Handy tip: Before you tackle your renovation project it is vital that you check how long it will take to complete and the costs involved. Always keep in mind that there are some things best left to the professionals such as plumbing and electrical wiring.

The coveter

Let’s face it, you put in the work by researching your current home. It is in a beautiful neighbourhood and looks lovely. However, you glance down the street at other houses that appear nicer. You could also be craving an upgrade because you want to keep up with the Joneses to show that you have got it all together.

Handy tip: Competing with the Joneses will be a sure way to break your finances and possibly get you into debt. For now, you can focus on working your nest into something that suits your taste and your mood. You can add a fresh coat of paint, buy new furniture or declutter your space. Always keep in mind to keep track of your expenses through a budget.

The smart home enthusiast

You like to keep up with the times and try to turn your home into a modern futuristic space. The ease of being able to control your lighting, heating, and electronic devices through a remote or your smartphone allows you to free up more time to do things.

Handy tip: If you are planning to sell your home in future ensure that the upgrades are something that a future buyer will be interested in. Keep in mind that you will need a budget to sustain and update your systems, and always remember to leave electrical wiring to the professionals.

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