Owning your own home is a wonderful thing, but it can also be a curse. With home ownership comes tremendous responsibility, but there are few things as rewarding as coming home from work to a home that you own. Avoiding a noisy apartment building is a beautiful thing. If you are a homeowner, you will relate to the following. If you are a wannabe homeowner, these are some of the things you have to look forward to.
1. You actually start to like housework
Remember how much you hated housework when you lived in an apartment? That will likely change when you have your own home. This is because you take more pride in a home that you actually own and care about.
2. You want to know your neighbors
Often, when living in an apartment, the last thing you want to do is get to know the strange (and noisy) neighbors. When you have a home of your own, you want to get to know your neighbors. After all, you will likely be neighbors for many years, so you may as well get over the awkward introductions now.
3. You regularly make others take their shoes off
While you never cared about the carpets in your apartment, you will certainly make sure that no one will walk on your floors with their outside shoes on. After all, you don’t want your floors damaged, and you certainly don’t want extra cleaning to do.
4. You know the hardships of dealing with nasty mold
All kinds of problems can crop up for homeowners, including mold issues. This is not something that you want to leave for another day as mold can lead to serious health issues. You’ll have to deal with it at some point or another, so don’t be shy to contact experts to deal with the issue if need be (try BlackMoldRemoval.com).
5. You never have spending money
While you may have had a bit of extra money to spend on fun stuff while you were a renter, don’t expect to have extra cash as a homeowner. In addition to mortgage payments, you also have to pay for insurance and property taxes — which will eat up that extra money.
6. You have become quite handy
You no longer have a landlord to fix things when they break. From now on, you’ll have to quickly learn how to repair things, or have a good handy person on speed dial.
7. You spend a lot of money on “stuff”
You don’t just move into a house and expect to be set for life. Even if you have a house full of furniture and appliances, at some point you are going to have to replace these items and spend a few grand along the way.
8. You are tied to one place
If you once lived the gypsy lifestyle of moving frequently, it will be nice to have a permanent place to live. But, you may get that old wanderlust every so often and get bored — this is when a vacation is a must.
9. You hate your house (at some point or another)
After a while, you will likely resent having mortgage payments. This can easily cause some feelings of hatred toward your house for a period. Luckily, these feelings will pass as you become a better budgeter and learn to absorb the expenses.
10. You have had a work in progress
Most homes, even if they are listed as being move-in ready, will not be completely ready for you. In fact, it may take several years of work to get the house to be exactly what you have always dreamed of. Remember, it’s a work-in-progress, and the final result will be more than worth the effort.
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