As many of us have experienced, owning a house is a lot more work than simply renting out an apartment. There come way more responsibilities and you no longer have an office on speed dial in case anything goes wrong. People who are first-buyers are ecstatic and ready to start making their new place feel like "Home." They aren't thinking about the little things that will make their lives easier (Who does?).  To keep the happiness alive, here are a few tips that can help you beat the buzzkill:

  1. Trash Cans and Recycling Bins aren't always provided in your neighborhood. Crazy, I know. For the people that live in an area where the city does not provide these, they have to pay the government to pick up their trash or they have to hire a private service to do so. Make sure to find this out before bags of trash start accumulating and stinking up the place!
  2. Expect to freak out a little with your first utility bill. When you buy a home, you would think your electric and water bill would stay around the same price you were previously paying but don't be mistaken! With the fluctuation of weather throughout the year, you're almost forced to use your A/C in the Summer and want your heater on during the Winter. Before leaving the house for work in the morning try highering your thermostat in the Summer and lowering it during Winter that way you're not using so much energy. Never understood why my parents always bugged me on that. Sorry, Mom and Dad.
  3. Change your air filters! Every 4-6 weeks the air filters should be changed out. Sometimes with our busy lives, we forget to do it but it's very important not to. If you fail to change it out, you can risk breaking your system and even endanger your health. Save yourself the thousands of dollars it takes to repair it if it breaks down and avoid the dust, pollen, and other small particles that pollute the air. I started buying multiple filters at a time because before you know it, it's time to change it out again.
  4. Everyone loves a stunning yard, but they're a pain to keep up with. I don't know about you but when my partner and I go on ice cream/food runs, we love to cruise through the neighborhoods and look at peoples yards. We enjoy looking at the different types of flowers, plants, and greenery. Well, when we got our own home we started dealing with branches falling from our trees, our grass dying, weeds, and acorns everywhere!!! Be prepared to constantly deal with these frustrations and make sure you have the tools (and energy) to get it done. I guess I like seeing cute squirrels in my yard.
  5. If you have a fireplace or not, make sure you own a fire extinguisher! Thousands of house fires break out each year and people have lost everything they own. These types of accidents happen randomly without any warning so it's always good to be precautious. Also, make sure you have it in a handy area that everyone in the household knows about!

These are only a handful of tips! Read more when you click on this link: https://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/13-things-i-realized-after-i-bought-my-first-house?cid=soc_fy18editorial_20170920_74096497&adbid=910564980503670784&adbpl=tw&adbpr=17351940

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