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The Captain Bought Into This

I’ve been a homeowner now for about a year and a half.  For the most part, it’s pretty great.  And by buying a new home in a new community, I’ve managed to lessen some of the typical problems associated with owning a home.  My home came with a full warranty and lawn care service, so I don’t currently have to do any lawnmowing or home repair.

But in some ways I miss being a renter, as it was certainly much easier than being a homeowner.  Let’s Friday 5 up this topic, shall we?

Top 5 Things I Have To Now Deal With As A Homeowner

1.  Appliances breaking down

While my home has an extended warranty, most of my appliances do not.  I like warranties when they are included, but I never buy one when given the choice.  As such, I am leaving work early this afternoon to have an appliance repair man fix my washing machine.  Before I could just call my landlord and get it fixed without much thought.  Now I have to find a reputable company with a competitive price and hope that the appliance is not a costly fix.  Sheesh.

2.  Dead grass and trees

As I mentioned, I am lucky enough to enjoy a lawn maintenance program that does most of the work on my yard.  And the sprinklers run by the homeowners association do a good enough job for the most part.  But despite this I still have a patch of dead grass and a dying tree in my front yard.  The grass was a problem that was recently addressed with a new patch of sod.  But this past week’s heat wave is killing the sod before it has a chance to grow.  And our street tree is dying a slow death.  Seeing as I plan to live in this house for a number of years, I don’t want to let my yard look like shit.  That’s what renters do.

3.  Overly nosey neighbors

This week I lost my reelection bid for my homeowners association, which I’m surprisingly alright with.  I honestly didn’t want to put in the work associated with being a board member.  I was mostly running due to my fear of what a homeowners board comprised of three bored retirees will do unchecked.  The only kind of neighbors that I’ve ever had a problem with are the overly nosey kind, and there are quite a few in my neighborhood.  These types of bored busybodies tend to make up problems and create the kind of drama that I find particularly annoying.  For example, a few people in my neighborhood seem obsessed with people parking their cars on the street.  If they try and pass some kind of no parking on the street rule, then they’re gonna get an earful from me.

4.  Housing prices

As a renter, all I cared about was the rent not rising.  But as a homeowner, I have to walk the fine line between wanting the value of my home to rise, but not it’s assessed value.  A high resale value is good, but a high value base for tax purposes is bad.  What to do?

5.  Making changes the right way

I have no problem with attempting home improvements myself; the problem is that I’m not very good at it.  I’ve painted several previous apartments, but I never worried much about the semi-crappy results.  Knowledge of my mediocrity has thus far kept me from attempting any major changes.  For big changes, the choice is to do it myself and hope it isn’t too bad, or to hire a professional.  And I’m learning that professionals cost a lot of money.  So for the time being I’m doing neither.


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