This is the official anniversary of owning my home. It has been just about five years since we stumbled upon this beauty back in 2008. It certainly wasn't much to look at back then. It was the height of the market, I was young, we were eager. But I think owning a home has been one of the greatest learning experiences of my life.
5 Tips for Single Lady Homeowner's
- You can do it. Don't be afraid to get dirty.
- Experiment with style, you never know what you will like.
- Paint makes everything prettier.
- Always know someone with a truck.
- Make a blog!
Here's just a glimpse of where this place started I have so many plans for where else it can go!
.Before we did all of our renovations the house was pretty nasty. I must say that I am very proud of how far the place has come and the fact that I was able to do it with the help of my wonderful friends and family. I look forward to being able to make the exterior even more wonderful and am excited to reveal to everyone the big changes from the living room remodel. It is almost done!
10 Things I've Learned Owning a House
- Water doesn't magically appear out of a faucet, you have to pay for that.
- If you put a tractor tire on your porch it is highly likely it will collapse and your Dad won't like that.
- It is worthwhile to invest in doing maintenance work, such as painting, cleaning, watering, etc. It feels good when people walk into your home and are impressed.
- Just because it's a manufactured home doesn't mean it's trash, just means it requires more creativity.
- Caulk is always going to be a funny word.
- DIY is a ton of fun but it's better to get a job done right. Leave the hard stuff to the pros (like roofs, major plumbing, etc.)
- Don't over spend on your house. For example as much as I love my house, it's still a manufactered home. Meaning that it's value will only ever be so much. Knowing where to make smart budget choices is key. You wouldn't buy granite for a trailer because it's probably too heavy and you'd never see any return.
- Thrift stores are your friend for furniture. Don't go into debt for a table, refabulous it.
- Know your own limits and when to ask for help.
- Your homeowner's insurance agent should be your friend. :)
My house isn't perfect, but I'm proud of it. I will continue to try and take my house from trailer trash to fabulous still . At this point I will probably be here for another year at least. My next place will be even more amazing and creative because I have learned so much from this experience in my life, all before the age of 25. I think that's pretty great.