We know, we know, you just spent months (or years) searching for the perfect home and moving in and now we're gonna tell you MORE things that you need to think about? Don't despair — these tips are more about successfully shifting to the mindset of a homeowner (sometimes it means outsourcing the work! yay!) and settling into your new lifestyle the fun way.
1. Embrace your personality — You OWN this home and so it's time to get weird (if that's your thing) or sparse (if you're a minimalist). You never need to worry about painting your colorful walls back to renter's beige again or patching up holes in the wall, so let yourself do those things you've always wanted to do. You earned it.
2. Don't ignore small problems — Small, easily fixed problems quickly morph into big, expensive problems and when you own, it's all on you. It's so important to nip little problems in the bud to save yourself headaches later on.
3. Hire professionals when necessary — When you do have repairs that need to be addressed, it's not always smart to go the DIY route. When you own, you need solid repairs that will last. If you're a contractor then, by all means, use those skills, but if you're less than confident with home repairs and mess it up, you'll not only waste time and materials, but you could wind up doing more damage than good (and still having to pay a professional anyway).
4. Invest in long-term improvements — When trying to decide where to put your limited money, you can't go wrong with a long-term improvement that will save you money over time. Think insulation, roof repairs or solar panels. These improvements aren't sexy and they are certainly less fun to buy than, say, beautiful furnishings, but if you know you want to address these areas, the sooner you do it, the more money you will save overall.
5. Get involved in the community — You bought a home but you joined a community. Find out all that your neighborhood has to offer and get involved. It will only add an extra level of feeling at-home and connected to your new neighborhood.