10 Things We've Learned in the First Year of Homeownership

Photo by Adam Sklenar

Photo by Adam Sklenar

  1. Figuring out how to style a room takes time, and you shouldn’t rush it.

  2. More than we’d like to know about new furnaces and sump pumps.

  3. Invest in a good snowblower.

  4. Baby bunnies are cute but they attract PROBLEMS.

  5. Not learned, but recommended: have a cut flower and vegetable garden, no matter how big or how small.

  6. It’s good to have a network of reliable contractors. When you need one, it’s nice to have one you trust that won’t take advantage of you.

  7. You’ll acquire so many new tools you never knew you needed.

  8. The is ALWAYS a project to be completed.

  9. Painting was once an enjoyable task (and you suddenly understand why people on House Hunters complain about painting every room).

  10. You won’t regret it and it’s very rewarding.

Sure, we had somewhat of a doozy first year in our home - had to replace our furnace a couple months in, we had record snowfalls and freezing temperatures (our kitchen pipes briefly froze), and learned how much of a pain garden pests are - but we are just so happy to have finally started building a home together.

Here’s to many more years and more things to learn!