Three and a half years ago I was dying to settle down somewhere and find a place to call home. We decided to purchase a home here and stay put for awhile. The plan was to fix the house up and sell it for a profit. We all know how that story has played out so far. 🙂 Regardless, we really do enjoy living here and making this house a home. However, there are downfalls and I wish we had known a little more before purchasing our first home. Here’s what I wish we had known (and what sucks sometimes) about being the home owner.
-You’ve got to maintain the yard work yourself. The beautiful gardens in the front and backyard? They have to be weeded and maintained. Sure, things are pretty easy to grow, but weeds are as well! If you’re thinking about buying a house with some property, think of mowing it by yourself with a push mower. That may make you change your mind.
-Paint is cheap but painting can take forever. I just worked on painting our master bedroom for over a month! It wasn’t continuous, but it was something that was a large project due to the crown molding and trim that had to be repainted due to its nasty off white color that looked bad with the new paint.
-You will end up wanting new flooring if it’s not brand new. When we moved in, there was carpet in many of the rooms. The only room now that has carpet is the guest bedroom, and I’d like to get rid of that sooner than later. We had the carpets professionally cleaned, but carpeting with two labs was a small nightmare.
-When you do it yourself, make sure you get the right tools. When you’re replacing baseboards, a miter box will NOT work the same as a real miter saw. Trust me.
-If you decide you want to move, you’ve got to worry about selling the house. Hopefully you won’t lose a ton of money, but with the way the housing market is these days, that’s definitely not a guarantee.
If you don’t own a house, great! Don’t buy one. Just kidding- kinda. 🙂
If you do own a home, what’s something you hate about home ownership or maintenance you wish someone had told you before?