5 Lessons You’ll Learn From Being a Homeowner
Happy one year (and a few days) of owning a house to us! I can’t believe we’re adult enough to own our house–much less for a year (and we didn’t have any major catastrophes)! It took us awhile to find the perfect house, but owning our own house has been equal parts amazing and frustrating. When something breaks, you are responsible. To fix it and pay for it. But you can also decorate it however you want, don’t have up and downstairs neighbors, and can virtually do whatever you want!
We’ve learned quite a few things in the past year; here are my top five:
1. WRAP YOUR PIPES.
We learned this lesson the hard way. It was the coldest week of Louisiana’s winter and we were leaving for even colder weather, Pittsburgh, PA. Long story short, we didn’t wrap the pipes that were on the outside of the house (even though we shut the water off) and when we got back, we had no water! Luckily DSLD came out THAT night and fixed it, but still. Wrap your pipes people.
2. THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING TO DO.
When I was little and my mom went out-of-town, my dad would make us do chores so when mom came home, she came home to a clean house. I never understood dusting and cleaning the baseboards until I owned my own house. Now I wish I had people who’d clean them for me! Touché dad,touché. But in all honesty, having dog-child that takes all of her toys out (and doesn’t pick them up) and sheds everywhere–I feel like I sweep and vacuum every weekend.
3. ROME WASN’T BUILT IN A DAY.
And your home won’t be HGTV perfect the day you move in. Or the month you move in. It’s constantly a work in progress. The perfect pieces take time to curate–and it’s more fun that way!Rome wasn't built in a day and your house won't be HGTV perfect in a day either. But trust me, it's more fun that way! Click To Tweet
4. GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS.
I’ve met most of our neighbors by walking Laney around the neighborhood–she’s a great icebreaker! They’ll keep an eye on your house when you’re out of town and wave to you when you leave in the morning and return in the afternoon (I’m looking at you Mrs. Linda!)
5. MAKE A LIST.
We keep a running list of all of the things we want to buy for the house. From gutters, to a pergola, to upgrading a few of our TVs–if you want it goes on the list. We’ve been slowly checking things off of the list, but it helps us prioritize and dream big at the same time.
Do you own your own house? I’d love to know what you learned after your first year (or years)!