Things You End Up Buying When You Become a Home Owner

There’s nothing like the feeling of buying your first home. It’s a symbol of you finally getting this whole adult life right. A home is also a mark of security, financial stability, and it’s that next step in growing your family (whether that’s in the number of human or pet children is completely up to you.) Life can’t get any better than this.

And then reality hits.

Little details you never considered before suddenly seem important, like the issue of pressure washers. Yes, you read that right. Did you know there are plenty of pressure washers out on the market? Some are gas powered. Others are electric. Everywhere you turn, it seems like there’s a choice to be made. And since time is money, choosing the right pressure washer for your needs requires smart decision making. That’s how I found Wash Wisely, a simple site that helps you choose the right pressure washer. There’s even a comparison chart and “best of” article if you want to bypass all the reading. If only everything home related could be easy like choosing a pressure washer.

I don’t know about you, but home décor is not my cup of tea. If it was up to me, everything in my house would be white or black. Pretty boring, right? That worked well in my apartment, but when you buy a home suddenly things have to go together. Matching is out. So how did I solve this dilemma? I bought home decorating magazines and started watching those shows on TV. Never in a million years would I do that, but a home changes everything.

What else? Insurance comes to mind. I’m not talking about the big ones, like earthquake (if you live in California) and fire insurance. I had to seriously consider whether flood insurance was something I wanted to pay for. Granted, I live in the desert, but you just never know. When you buy a home, you want to protect yourself from everything.

There’s also the bed issue. Before the home, a queen sized bed was perfectly fine. But once you get that home you have the sudden idea stuck in your head that you need a California king sized bed with an upholstered headboard in Tiffany blue. Never mind that there’s only you sleeping in the bed or that you’ve never been particular about colors before.

Here’s another purchase: plants, shrubs, and trees. Patchy grass isn’t acceptable either (or Astroturf). Suddenly you’re making plans to beautify your yard and backyard. You spend your weekends and days off making numerous trips to the home improvement store so you can create your oasis. The associates in those stores see you so often they either have a nickname for you or you end learning their names and figuring out who can actually help you.

You discover that fixtures not only add value to your home, but they make living in your home more enjoyable. Who would’ve thought you’d spend so much time checking out the displays or poring over websites for faucet handles and features?

Of course, while you’re selecting the perfect kitchen faucet, you realize you need ceiling fans. And instead of hiring someone to install them and do the wiring, you figure you can do it yourself. How hard can it be? You discover it’s not hard at all until you forget some crucial steps and almost electrocute yourself. Ah, the joys of home ownership and doing things yourself.

Last but not least, you find yourself buying monogrammed towels and sheets that go with your home’s décor. Whereas polyester was perfectly acceptable before, now you need to decide on thread count, cotton versus some sort of blend, and the comfort of everything, particularly your guests.

Even debating the merits of a garbage disposal is an interesting experience. You compare the pros and cons of a half HP versus a full HP. You want to make sure everything is as perfect as possible, even the disposal.

So buying a home has its perks. Yes, you’re moving up in the world. Just remember that everything takes time. Enjoy the process. And you can always change your mind.