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10 Things Only Homeowners Understand

10 Things Only Homeowners Understand

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Featured photo credit: Loren Kerns via flickr.com

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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