5 Tips for First Time Home Buyers

There’s no feeling like getting the keys to your first home and having the freedom to do whatever you want to make it your own! However, with the excitement of owning your first home, it’s hard not to get swept up into all the projects that come along with it. Here at Empire Today®, we know a lot about homes, and we put together five tips for first-time homeowners to help manage the stress and excitement of finishing and furnishing while still maintaining some sanity.

1. Tackle One Project at a Time

Taking on more than one project at once is one of the biggest rookie mistakes new homeowners make. Before you know it, your whole house is torn up and barely livable. It’s important not to confuse repairs with improvements and to tackle one project at a time. If you’re making major changes, sometimes it’s best to start at the bottom. Flooring can set the whole tone for the house and make it easier to choose paint for the walls, cabinets, countertops and more. And, as we all know, sometimes projects don’t go as planned. By taking on one project at a time, you can mitigate costs and handle any needed repairs along the way.

2. Create a Homeowner’s Binder

Many homeowners equate their new home purchase to an overwhelming amount of paperwork – yes, even in the digital world. Even though many banks will now automate the process, creating less of a paper trail, creating a binder to keep everything in one place is one of the best ways to stay organized. Different tabs for insurance, HOA information, receipts, mortgage, etc. can help you easily find what you’re looking for when you need it quickly. A binder is also a great place to store appliance guides and warranties, so you know right where everything is located.

3. Start a House Emergency Fund

If you haven’t already, now is the time to start putting money into a special savings account that can be used towards house-related costs and emergencies. A deck could rot faster than you think, a roof might need replacing eventually, and a water heater can go out at any moment. It will put your mind (and wallet) at ease knowing that should some unforeseen repair or project come up, you’ve already pre-budgeted to make it happen.

4. Invest in New Tools

Today, it’s much easier to be a DIY expert with TV shows, YouTube, social media, and more. Now that you own a home, it’s the best time to add to your toolkit. Having a stock of usable tools can make repairs a cinch with a little bit of effort. Start by updating that measuring tape your parents gave you for your first apartment, purchase an electric drill, and make sure you have a high-quality stud finder. Just make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew with projects. Sometimes, repairs and home improvements are left to the professionals.

5. Don’t Overspend Just to Personalize

There are more options than ever when it comes to making your home your own. Often times, flooring can be one of the top headaches for new homeowners. But, it doesn’t have to be! Empire® offers hundreds of carpet, flooring, and window treatment options to fit your needs and budget, from traditional hardwood to modern vinyl plank flooring. We make getting new floors as easy as possible on you by sending a flooring professional to your home to help guide you in your decision. It makes a big difference to see colors, patterns, textures, etc. in the light of your own home instead of in a retail store. Plus, we’ll professionally install your new floors, around your schedule, and cleanup after the job is done.


If you’re reading this, you’re likely a new homeowner. Congratulations on this exciting new journey in your life! The most important thing is that you get what’s best for your home’s needs and your personal style. When it comes to replacing your floors, let Empire handle the details. Schedule a FREE In-Home Estimate to have a flooring professional come to your home and give you the full scoop.

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