January 18th, 2020 10:36 AM by Jackie A. Graves
Becoming a homeowner is more than having a set of keys and your
name on the deed. You may have a rush of emotions the day you take possession
and recognize you now have your place in the world—literally. And that’s just
the beginning. Here are a few more things you can expect.
may take pride in your car and your clothes and other minor possessions, but
nothing compares to the feeling of being a homeowner. Buying your first place
is an accomplishment, and you get to come home to that accomplishment every
you have moved into your new home, unpacked, and taken a breath, you’ll have
that moment—that moment where you realize, “This is mine.” Thankfully, that
moment is repeated regularly. You’ll have it when you look at your countertops
and realize you can redo them any way you want. And when you decide to get a
dog and don’t have to ask permission. And when you want to paint your walls—any
color you choose.
of paint colors, get ready to spend hour after hour at Home Depot gathering
dozens and dozens of paint chips. Even if you just want a fresh coat of white
on the walls, it’s easier said than done. “There are hundreds and hundreds of
white paints available, and most of them are considered white,” said The
“This makes choosing a plain white paint color nearly impossible.”
you may be able to snake a toilet, tile a backsplash, and refinish your floors.
Yes, there are people you can hire for these tasks, and all the others you’ll
want and need to do in your home over the years, but it can be so much more
satisfying—and cost-effective—when you do it yourself.
you’re on a strict budget after buying your first home, you’ll likely also have
to learn how to care for your lawn. Get those edging skills down!
that skirt is so cute. But if you buy it, you’ll want the shirt and the jacket
and the boots, and the jewelry, and, before you know it, you’ve spent half the
money it would take to update your fireplace.
you put money and sweat equity into your home, you’re impacting its value.
That’s an investment in your home, but it’s also an investment in you and your
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