How to Own a Home and Deal with Responsibilities

They say the home is where the heart is. Many people can’t see the fine line between the term house and home. A house is basically just a building; a boundary made with bricks and cement to give you shelter. On the other hand, a home is where you invest your emotions, your physical efforts and make it your safe and comfort zone.

Every person dreams about owning a home at some point of their lives. Once we have achieved the most basic of our dreams like a good education and well-paying job, we start dreaming about a place where we can live with our family in harmony. A home is place where you not only build your family but set a foundation for your coming generations.
Is Owning a Home Easy?

When you paid for the land and the construction, you have made the house; the building yours. However, you can’t own a home unless you have invested your heart, mind and soul into it. A home is always supposed to be a place where you can find a relief from the chaos of the everyday life and the stress that comes with it. It is a place where you can finally sit back and take a break for the day.

On the other hand, it is honestly not an easy task to own a home. It can years of efforts to build a home that makes you happy and feel safe. Like every other aspect of life, there are responsibilities associated with owning a home as well. You have to take care of both the interiors and the exteriors. A home is not just your bedroom, kitchen and living room. A home extends to the very boundary of your lawn and the main gate where the neighbourhood begins. If you don’t take care of these multiple responsibilities, you will never find a peace of mind even at your home.

What Responsibilities?
The interiors need to reflect your personality. Are you a person who doesn’t like to be surrounded by too much? If yes, then you can decorate your house in a minimalist design. On the other hand, some people like to fill up space with carpets, furniture, shelves, and decorating the walls with aesthetic stuff. It all depends on what you like and can relate to.

Let us now come to the exteriors of a home. It doesn’t matter whether you have a small lawn or a spacious one; it is important to keep it in shape. Make sure that it doesn’t look rough but brings out the essence of each passing season. You should also take care about pest control. It not only increases the chances of disease but also gives it a wild instead of homey look. Maintaining the outdoors is not just about making your home feel welcoming to friends and other guests but also for your own convenience. The moment you step on the pavement, you should feel relaxed and at peace. Backyards are important as well. If you have one, don’t ignore it as less frequented area. Make it a safe haven for situations where you want to escape the loudness of this life.

Be responsible if you own a home!

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You Just Bought House! Now What?

There’s nothing like that moment when you sign on the last line and are handed the keys your new home. It’s exhilarating. It’s monumental. It’s terrifying! And, it’s completely normal. Whether it’s your first home or your fifth, there is always a sense of excitement that comes with new opportunities. There’s also a moment when you get overwhelmed with the idea that you bought something very expensive and now you’re expected to take care of it. Yourself. That moment is usually accompanied by the thought, “What have I done?” or “When did I become an adult?”

One of the most intimidating part of being a homeowner is the new responsibility of home maintenance. Whether you bought a century old home, or a brand new build, there is some work around the house that falls to you to do. Some things are pretty easy – changing a lightbulb, cleaning windows or cutting the grass. Somethings, like plumbing, electrical updates or a new roof, are better left to the experts.

You may be reading this and thinking, “I’ve always dreamed of owning my own home, home maintenance will be a piece of cake.” One day you’ll realize that you don’t have any hot water. You’ll investigate only to find your water heater expired in a puddle of its own making (may it rust in pieces). When the plumber hands you the bill for the replacement, you won’t be thinking of cake.

But not all home maintenance equals big expense. Things like changing a light switch cover is easy to do and inexpensive. So is installing a new showerhead. There are YouTube videos, instruction on replacement parts, and knowledgeable staff at Big Box and hardware stores. There are people out there who are more than willing to point you in the right direction and show you how to be the master or your domain.

Remember, there’s no shame in finding a handy-man or tradesperson to step and do some of the home maintenance. And yes, it will cost you more than if you did it on your own. But sometimes it’s easier, and safer, to have someone who has the proper equipment and knowledge do the work. We’ve all seen pictures and video of people trying to clean out the gutters only to end-up with property damage or in traction. Don’t be that person. Ask an expert. Find someone with the right equipment, even if it costs a little more than doing it yourself, you may save a lot more on medical bills and insurance premiums.

Home ownership means home maintenance. Home maintenance means things like taking care of the lawn in the summer and shoveling snow in the winter. It means being financially responsible for the upkeep and improvement of a place you spend most of your time. It also means having a place all your own. Somewhere you can be you. A place you can turn into the home you’ve always dreamed of. With a new home comes new responsibility, and big step forward in being an adult.

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