The joy of owning a home is like not much else in the world. You have a piece of something, a prize almost. It’s a piece of the adult puzzle that you have finally finished; that tiny corner piece that you’ve been trying to find for years.
Not all is what it seems. Buying a home is an amazing feeling; your dreams have come true and your family has their own plot of dirt. Owning a home, on the other hand, is something different entirely.
The roof is your most important asset on a home. For instance, I own a home with a cedar shake roof. They are much more difficult to maintain than the mainstream asphalt roofs. If you have sloped pitches as I do on my home and gutters are not maintained, you will have wood-rot…and a cat that falls into your home office from the ceiling with no warning. Always clean your gutters, as it makes a difference in the health of your roof. A leaky roof means a moldy home.
A small leak can become a large problem. Who do you call? Not your landlord; you don’t have one. It’s up to you to find a reputable company to help you with all those leaky pipes and valve problems that seem to pop up out of nowhere. A small leak can become a large catastrophe such as a dripping toilet damaging carpet, ceilings, and tile.
Belonging to your neighborhood’s home-owner’s association isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. There are wonderful perks such as involvement with neighbors, a neighborhood watch, and making sure the high standards you paid for are enforced. Yet, you are given a book full of rules on what you can and cannot do to your home to maintain the integrity of the neighborhood.
When one takes out a mortgage on a home, they promise to pay it back. Sometimes, that promise is very hard to keep when life gets in the way. It is much harder to work out payment arrangements with a landlord than it is a bank. Stay on top of your payments. It’s do or die when you get behind, especially in this era of corporate banks and is extremely scary.
This is the epitome of home-ownership. Keeping your home in working order is so important and is key to being happy in your home. Why pay for utilities and fine furnishings when the upkeep itself is the most important part of your home? Always do a monthly check of your plumbing, roof, and other key components.
When you become a home-owner, you are basically the caretaker of a child; a being that needs nurturing and love. Love your home as you love a child and the results will be rewarding.