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.