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One Month a Homeowner

By  La Shell Reid Hoilett

One Month a Homeowner

So it’s just about a month since we closed on our mortgage and became new homeowners. Fun times eh? Believe it or not, We’re still getting used to it.

Here’s what’s been going great so far:

1| We’re not answering to anyone! I think that’s the part we love most about being a homeowner. We can do just about anything we want without permission. No hassles, no dramas, no landlord breathing down our necks (ok a bit too much hyperbole, but you know what I mean. Lol.).

2| We’ve started decorating and although it’s costing a pretty penny, it’s so much fun! Hubbs is very much involved and I’m loving it! Our tastes are pretty much the same but there have definitely been some spats. Who knew that choosing light fixtures could take this long? I love these but he hates them *insert rolled eyes*

3| The house is finally starting to feel like home. I mean yeah we know it’s ours and it is our home, but it took some working with to make it feel homey and inviting.

4| There’s finally space to entertain! If you know me at all you’d know that I’m not the entertainer and rarely likes being entertained but having had a few people over has be more fun than I thought. My folks came for a day recently and it felt even more like home. We ate, laughed, talked, slept, played games and the whole nine yards. I’m even thinking of hosting a big Christmas dinner party. Me! A dinner party!

…and now on to the not so great parts:

1| The cash! I make no joke when I tell you that owning a home is really expensive. It’s such an awesome investment but it also cost quite a lot to maintain. Someone did say to me that the first few months it’s going to be a money pit, and boy did they not lie. Technically the house was move-in ready but move-in ready for me and move-in ready for you are two different things. There were several tweaks and additions and installations (a plumber is at my door as we speak) for things to be how we wanted them.

2| Being a homeowner is a wonderful thing and it can bound you. Unless you’re wealthy (which I’m not by the way) it changes your life, in many ways. For us, we’ve had to adjust several things to make sure we’re living a balanced life. Our travels and other luxuries have all been reshuffled on the priority list, but you know what? According to my mama, there’s a time and place for everything. And I’m sticking with that. We’re lucky and so grateful to have found a house we loved and could’ve afforded in the time we did, so there’ll be no complaints here. We’re so grateful for things just the way they are.

So that’s where we are at the moment and we are truly relishing in this joy. We know things will never be perfect and that’s ok.

I hope to do a house tour soon, who wants to see?!

Are you a new homeowner? How’s your experience been?

…thanks for stopping by!

 



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  Comments: 16

16 responses to “One Month a Homeowner”

  1. This so wonderful! Congratulations!

  2. It is not only in the beginning, it will be a money pit all the time, who know there is leaking on the pipe, who know there is electrical failure, yard work, house keeping, and the list goes on. There always something to fix around the house, but the best thing is we call this place our own home!

  3. Tina Russell says:

    Hi and congratulations on buying your first home. It is such a wonderful feeling isn’t it 🙂

  4. Mallaury says:

    Congratulations on your new home!!

  5. I can’t wait until we become homeowners. I know that being homeowners is a lot of work but it’s such a blessing to have something that is your own.

  6. Congratulations on your buying your first home! It is fun being able to just paint walls, change lighting, and all that good stuff. It can be a lot of work, but it’s also so rewarding.

  7. Shannon says:

    Congrats girl! We’ve been in our first home for almost two years and I feel you on how expensive decorating is! Two years in and I still have only really done one or two rooms, haha. It’s so worth it though and so fun!

  8. Tine says:

    Congrats!! My partner and I are looking for our own piece of land / home as we speak and I just can not wait to find it and not have to answer to anyone or have to wait for your landlord to go and fix things and to have everything in the house be our style!

  9. Holly says:

    Loved reading this post La Shell, as my fiancee and I are new homeowners too! I’ve definitely been feeling a lot of the same things you have. We’ve only been in our place for 3 weeks, and one of the weekends we were out of town, so we haven’t had a ton of time to really make it our own yet. Still waiting for it to feel like home, but I know it will soon enough! I also totally agree that move-in ready is subjective. We moved into a new build, but there are still so many things we need to do…it’s crazy! We’re also thinking of having Christmas dinner at our house as well though 🙂

    Also, you should so do that house tour!

  10. Well, congrats on home ownership and all the fun that goes with making it ‘yours’ and feeling like home! 🙂 Not a new homeowner here (long time one), but I can certainly relate to both the pros and cons you listed. I like your light fixtures, by the way! 😉

    Hubby and I are making plans for some hefty repairs/maintenance ourselves, like getting a new roof, and tearing down a workshop attached to the garage, because the roof is partially caved in, and rebuilding a simple covered “drive through” shed to house the riding mower, snow blower, etc. We also want to clean out our cellar and enclosed sun porch.

    We have plans to move, hopefully within the next year or so, to be nearer two of my daughters and most of my grandchildren (and another on the way!) So all this work on the house is with an eye toward making it more “sale worthy” when it’s time.

  11. Melissa says:

    I owned a home a few years ago, but had to relocate. It’s great to change things however you want them and really be able to customize your home. You really can’t do it all at once though… costs too much!

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