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5 Tips For Making The Transition From Home Renter To Homeowner

Mar 09 2012

The day has finally come to make that transition from being told what you can do with your home, to complete freedom. You are now a Homeowner! The difference between renter and owner can seem overwhelming, but these 5 tips can make the transition seem like a breeze.

Transitioning from Home Renter to Homeowner

(Photo courtesy of realestate.msn.com)

  1. Meet the neighbors – When living in an apartment, the only thing you know about your neighbors is that they won’t turn down the music at 3am. As a homeowner, there are times when you need to depend on your neighbors. They can keep an eye on your home while you’re gone, lend you a tool that you might not have, or even help with projects around the house. Just remember, being a neighbor is a two way street and you may need to lend them a hammer some day.
  2. Get a Green Thumb – As a homeowner, you are going to be responsible for the green area around your house. It takes work to make sure that your house is the talk of the neighborhood for all the right reasons. The green thumb could also be helpful to grow some fruits and veggies to reduce grocery costs throughout the year.
  3. Update old and faulty hardware – Unless you are buying a brand new house, there will be some hardware that is outdated or sub-par. The most important hardware of your home is what keeps you safe. SimpliciKey is a great update for the locks that will keep you safe and simplify your life.
  4.  Have an emergency repair fund – Now that you are a homeowner, everything that happens to your home is your responsibility. You need to budget for an emergency repair fund so that unexpected problems don’t put you into a financial strain.
  5.  DIY or call a professional – Reduce some expenses by arming yourself with the knowledge of how to ‘Do It Yourself.’ Be sure to understand your own knowledge and limitations before attempting to do a big project. There are some times that a professional is required. Good thing you have that emergency repair fund!

Being a homeowner seems like a superhuman amount of work, but the reward is great. It’s an indescribable feeling of pride to have a safe, updated, and comfortable place to call home. Let’s just hope the neighbor will give you your hammer back. 

What other transitions did you have to make when you became a homeowner?