What No One Told Me About Owning a Home

It’s a lot of work, stress, and money — but it was worth it

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Photo by Cindy Tang on Unsplash

1. You need a lot of money

I knew home ownership was going to be expensive. Closing costs for our little home were nearly $5,000. That doesn’t even include the down payment.

2. Time

We managed to save some money by doing a lot of maintemance work ourselves. But my weekends quickly filled up with yard work, painting, and minor fixes.

3. Maintenance

When a faucet handle fell off in my apartment, I called maintenance and never saw a bill. But when you own a home, all of the maintenance and repair work is on you.

4. It’s not just about you

When you buy a home, you become part of a community. This is something I never understood when I lived in my parents’ home or stayed in an apartment.

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