Tips for the first time home buyer

Shopping for a new home for the first time? Here are some resources and tips that can help you through your decision-making process.

Thinking about a new home?

How to buy a house

When the time is right to purchase a home, knowing what to expect can help you feel prepared and confident.

How to choose a neighborhood that is right for you

The trick to choosing a neighborhood to live in is to figure out what matters to you and to do thorough research.

First time home buyer guide

Buying a home for the first time can be daunting. It may be helpful to review some key considerations as you prepare for this important moment.

House hunting

Do your homework when starting the house hunting search.

Do you need a real estate agent to buy a house?

The answer for both buyers and sellers is more complicated than a simple yes or no. These questions can help you sort out the decision.

House shopping: Rent vs. buy?

Weigh the pros and cons to determine which is best for you.

Home buying mistakes and how to avoid them

Ready to become a homeowner? Be sure to avoid these first-time buyer mistakes.

What to know before you buy that fixer-upper

Will this handyman's special be worth the effort? Here are some aspects to consider before a home purchase.

Looking for a mortgage?

Home inspection: What's included and not?

Consider a professional home inspection to help identify any immediate or potential issues before signing the papers on a new house.

Buying a home

There are advantages and disadvantages to buying or renting homes. What should be considered when looking for a home? Learn how to search for a home and what to consider when financing.

Documents to keep after house closing

A guide to the closing documents and other important household documents you should keep after you buy your house — and what you can consider getting rid of.

Hidden costs of buying a home

Even if it's not your first time buying, budget extra and know fees can vary by area.

Moving tips

The ins and outs of moving insurance

Moving insurance can help you stay covered and protect your move. Before you purchase moving insurance, read these basics.

Tips for renting a storage unit

Tips for selecting a rental storage unit, packing personal possessions and insurance for storage.

Moving? Don't forget to make insurance changes, too

Find out if you just transfer insurance to the new address or if you need new coverage.

Insurance articles to consider

Times to review your insurance

During key life moments, make sure you, your family, home, car and property are protected.

What to consider when choosing a beneficiary for life insurance or other financial accounts

Learn what a beneficiary is and factors to consider when naming a beneficiary.

Reasons to buy life insurance

Life insurance is often thought of as a way to protect loved ones by providing for final expenses and estate taxes but you can think beyond that.

What is life insurance?

From how it works to how much you need, get your life insurance questions answered here.

Is life insurance worth it?

When deciding if life insurance is worth buying, start by looking at what's important to you and how you want to protect it.

How much life insurance do I need?

From your income to your children's future education, here's what to consider when you buy life insurance.

How to create a home inventory

A home inventory can expedite insurance claims process after theft, damage or loss.

Why should I review my home insurance annually?

The next time you need to renew your insurance policies, consider taking these steps to make sure you understand what your coverages are.

Questions to ask your insurance agent

Insurance needs are ever-changing. Here are some questions to start the conversation.

What is individual liability insurance and what does it cover?

Liability insurance is typically a portion of the coverage for a home or vehicle policy. A Personal Liability Umbrella Policy may be another viable option for further protection.

Personal property and casualty insurance

What is personal property and casualty insurance? Learn more information on automobile, homeowners, watercraft, condo, renters and more.

Tips for home maintenance

Spring cleaning tips

Spring cleaning ideas to help refresh your home.

Fall home maintenance checklist

Autumn home maintenance projects, such as cleaning gutters and checking your heating system, help you prepare for winter weather.

How to winterize a house

Winterizing your home to protect against snow and below-freezing temps can help your home withstand the ups, downs and erratic moods of Mother Nature.

Summer home maintenance checklist

Check out these interior and exterior home maintenance tips to consider while the weather is warm.

What not to store in the garage

Wondering what not to store in the garage? Some items might surprise you. Learn more about what can stay and what should be stored elsewhere.

Basement storage solutions

Finished and unfinished basement storage can be tricky. Below are some tips to help make sure you keep the right things in your home's lower level.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm® (including State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates). While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. State Farm is not responsible for, and does not endorse or approve, either implicitly or explicitly, the content of any third party sites that might be hyperlinked from this page. The information is not intended to replace manuals, instructions or information provided by a manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional, or to affect coverage under any applicable insurance policy. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.