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13 Expenses to Expect When Buying a Home

Budgeting for a new home can be tricky. Not only are there mortgage installments and the down payment to consider, but there are also a host of other—sometimes unexpected—expenses to add to the equation. The last thing you want is to be caught financially unprepared, blindsided by taxes and other hidden costs on closing day.
These expenses vary: some of them are one-time costs, while others will take the form of monthly or yearly installments. Some may not even apply to your particular case. But it’s best to educate yourself about all the possibilities, so you will be prepared for any situation, armed with the knowledge to budget accordingly for your move. Use the following list to determine which costs will apply to your situation prior to structuring your budget:

  1. Purchase offer deposit.
  2. Inspection by a certified building inspector.
  3. Appraisal fee –  Your lending institution may request an appraisal of the property. The cost of this appraisal is your responsibility.
  4. Mortgage application at your lending institution.
  5. 5% GST – this fee applies to newly built homes only or existing homes that have recently undergone extensive renovations. Some homes that have been used for Air B&B or other short term rentals may also be applicable to GST
  6. Legal fees – A lawyer should be involved in every real estate transaction to review all paperwork. Experience and rates offered by lawyers range quite a bit, so shop around before you hire.
  7. Homeowner’s insurance – Your home will serve as security against your loan for your financial institution. You will be required to buy insurance in an amount equal to or greater than the mortgage loan.
  8. Property Transfer Tax (purchase) tax – This tax applies in any situation in which a property changes owners and can vary greatly.
  9. Moving expenses.
  10. Service charges – Any utilities you arrange for at your new homes, such as cable or telephone, may come with an installation fee.
  11. Interest adjustments.Find Your Next Home
  12. Renovations – In order to “make it their own,” many new homeowners like to paint or invest in other renovations prior to or upon moving into their new home. If this is your plan, budget accordingly.
  13. Maintenance fees – If you are moving to a new condominium, you will likely be charged a monthly condo fee which covers the costs of common area maintenance.

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