The Practicalities of Responsible Homeownership


You did it: after all those years of saving, of not going out and splashing the cash when you wanted to, you are now a proud homeowner. Congratulations. Yet, the novelty will soon wear off, as what responsibilities come with that title! Beyond the financial ties, you quickly realize that buying a home entails being obligated to expending time and energy and even more money on keeping it looking the same as the day you bought it. Whereas a child grows into a whole new and shiny person, a home quickly just becomes old and damaged, and before you know it, the list of improvements needing to be done is a veritable daunting beast that needs feeding with significant expense.

A Hierarchy of Necessity

Of course, you won’t (unless you have grand makeover plans) have purchased a property needing significant renovations or repairs to begin with. However, after just half a year, or a little over, you’ll start to become aware that your wonderful abode isn’t as sparkling a gem in your eyes as it once was. You’ll start to question the reality of your perceptions: is that window frame just a tiny bit off center? Did that north-facing wall always have that blackish shadow of grime running down it?

Hopefully, this awareness of what needs touching up won’t be a massive wave of issues slamming into you all at once. Nonetheless, if you do start to notice more and more wearing and tearing, address the most crucial first, making a list that runs down to the purely aesthetic, the should-I-go-for-cream-egg-shell-white sort of worries. Use a colored pen to enable you to easily identify which chores can be mastered in short timeframes, and those that will take longer and more likely cost more money to rectify.

Priceless Preparation

Of course, whichever home improvements you do deem necessary to invest in, wise thinking dictates that you safeguard against further damage as much as possible. To this end, make sure the birds don’t quickly destroy that new layer of paint you pondered over for hours by purchasing some bird gel or other preventative measure for window frames and roof edges.

Similarly, a newly swept chimney place might lend itself to a woodstove and installed flue, instead (a top trend over the last few years, which saves on the amount of fuel used, also). Indeed, always keep in mind the resale value and attraction value to those future potential buyers you’ll be seeking one day.

Lawful Development

To this end, it would be beneficial to have an ecologically-minded hat on when deciding on the best course of action for improvements, and repairs and renovations; the world is becoming ever more environmentally conscious for the children of tomorrow. However, always remember to look into what is permitted under local planning law, though. You yourself might love the concept of solar panels on the roof, and the rebate they bring when it comes to your energy bills, but check whether your residential area doesn’t have a ban on them (particularly in a neighborhood of older homes).

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