What No One Tells You About Owning a Home

So you’ve bought the house, you’ve moved in, and the space is finally starting to feel like home. 

Even if you believe you’ve found your dream home - it’s almost impossible to completely avoid anxious thoughts like ‘Did I overpay?’ Or ‘Was this really the right time?’  This is true for all big decisions in life, not just with real estate.  

Once you’ve settled in, the responsibility of maintenance crop up. And I’m not going to sugar coat it, home ownership takes more work than you’d expect! Many weekends will become housework days, it just comes with the territory.

When you first move in, it’s always a good idea to familiarize yourself with all corners of your new place. Even if you’ve gone through an inspection, it’s never a bad idea to double for leaks, bugs, mold, or any issues that would be best dealt with immediately. Finding issues before they develop could save you considerable time and money down the road.

On that note, you will likely run into problems with your home. Whether it’s a few weeks or months after you move in, issues are bound to arise. What helps is having a reaction proportional to the problem.  What initially seems catastrophic, may just be something as simple as a jammed deadbolt. It’s normal to have worries with your new home, so keep calm and tackle the problem.

In regards to home maintenance, I want to emphasize gutters. Regardless of the season, clogged gutters are never something you want to have.  Make sure to stay on top of your gutters - freeing them from leaves and other debris so you don’t fall victim to leaks or flooding. 

Did you know that there is a very important drain located outside your home? This is known as your perimeter drain or weeping tile system. If this system isn’t operating properly, you are going to end up with a wet basement or crawl space so make sure it is functioning properly.

It’s also important to note that leaky windows are one of the largest sources of energy loss in a new home.  One quick and cost effective fix for this is to caulk your windows. Caulk can be easily purchased at home stores like home depot. 

And finally, your new home will likely take some getting used to. Enjoy the transition!


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