What do new homeowners buy for their homes?


WASHINGTON – Dec. 15, 2017 – Furniture, appliances, and remodeling projects are among the biggest expenses for new homeowners, who spend an average of $10,600 in the first year of homeownership, according to a recent analysis by the National Association of Home Builders. New owners spend an average of $3,778 on furnishings alone, according to NAHB's analysis.

Here are a few common expenditures recent home buyers made:

·Living room chairs and tables: $687

·Dining room and kitchen furniture: $345

·Window coverings: $215

·Sofas: $700

·Property alterations and repairs (particularly outdoor additions and alterations such as a new driveway, walkway, or fence): $3,729

·Appliances (particularly washers and dryers, lawnmowers and other yard equipment, and computer hardware and systems): $3,094

"The high level of spending by new homebuyers may seem surprising – considering that many new homes come with installed appliances – but suggests that these purchases are nevertheless more frequent among these households," the NAHB notes on its blog, Eye on Housing.

A survey conducted by Home Innovation Research Labs shows that two-thirds of new homes built in 2015 came with no washer or dryer; 36 percent had no refrigerators. Most new homes, however, did come with cooking stoves, ranges, and ovens.

Source: "What Do Home Buyers Buy After Moving," National Association of Home Builders' Eye on Housing blog

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