Planning your household budget

From: Financial Consumer Agency of Canada

This worksheet is designed to help you identify the costs involved in buying and maintaining a home. It will also help you determine how your expenses might change once you move in.

Some costs involved in buying a home, such as closing costs, happen only once. Other costs like mortgage payments and repairs are ongoing expenses of owning and maintaining a home. Take all of these costs into consideration and include them in your household budget.

How to use this worksheet

First, scan all the categories listed in the worksheet. Add any other expenses that you can think of in the rows titled “Other expenses.” When you have an idea of the price of home you're considering, enter the estimated expenses for each category. If you're unsure about how much a certain category of expense is likely to cost, ask friends, family or a mortgage professional for guidelines on costs in your area.

One-time expenses

Fill out the section titled Estimated one-time expenses.”

  1. Add up the total the one-time expenses
  2. Subtract the amount that you've already saved to buy your home
  3. Divide that result by the number of months you have to save the remaining money. For example, if you're buying your home in six months, divide the result by six to figure out approximately how much you need to save each month to cover these expenses
  4. Include this monthly amount in your budget for the number of months you identified

Ongoing expenses

Fill out the section titled “Estimated monthly expenses.”

  1. Identify any annual expenses that may only occur once a year, divide them by 12 to get monthly estimates
  2. Add up the total the ongoing expenses
  3. Include this total in your monthly budget to help you plan ahead

Worksheets: Costs involved in buying and maintaining a home

Worksheet: One-time Expenses
One-time expenses Estimated
one-time expenses
Before moving in
Down payment  
Legal fees  
Deposits to builders (if applicable)  
Real estate fees (if applicable)  
Closing costs  
Land transfer taxes (if applicable)  
Home inspection  
Up front mortgage costs—e.g., appraisal fees, default insurance premiums
(if not included in mortgage payments)
 
Moving expenses/storage expenses  
Other expenses: ________________________  
Shortly after moving in
Hook-up costs (cable, satellite, phone, Internet)  
Basic furniture/appliances/window coverings  
Other expenses: ________________________  
TOTAL one-time costs  
Subtract amount of money already saved  
Balance to be saved  
Divide by the number of months before your home purchase  
Monthly savings target for budget  
Worksheet: Ongoing Expenses
Ongoing expenses Estimated
monthly expenses
Regular expenses  
Mortgage payments  
Mortgage loan (default) insurance
(if required and not included in mortgage payments)
 
Optional—mortgage life/disability insurance
(if not included in mortgage payments)
 
Home/property insurance  

Utilities:

 

- Heat/electricity

 

- Water/sewer

 
Telephone/Internet  
Cable/satellite  
Property taxes
(if not included in mortgage payments)
 
School taxes
(if paid separately from your property taxes)
 
Condominium fees
(if applicable)
 
Cleaning supplies/service  
Repairs/maintenance (e.g., roof repairs, painting and plumbing)
As a general guide, budget one to three percent annually of the
value of the home, then divide by 12, annually for repairs and maintenance.
 
Other day-to-day expenses: ________________________  
TOTAL monthly ongoing expenses
(use this total and enter it into your monthly budget)
 
Worksheet: Occasional Expenses

Occasional Expenses
(divide by 12 for a monthly number)

Estimated
occasional expenses
Landscaping/lawn service  
Snow removal service  
Additional furniture and appliances  
Other occasional expenses: ________________________  
TOTAL monthly ongoing expenses
(use this total and enter it into your monthly budget)
 
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