Saturday, May 24, 2008

One year

I've been in my house for a full year now. I officially bought my house on April 30, 2007. The anniversary went by only vaguely recognized until today. I don't have any deep thoughts regarding homeownership, but I figured I might as well recap what I've learned about it in roughly 366 days (leap year!).
  • Maintenance expenses can be higher that you think. There is insurance, lawn care, pest control, utility bills, and property taxes.
  • Furnishing a house can be expensive. After a year of payments, even, I'm still ~$5000 in debt to Nebraska Furniture Mart (thankfully at 0% interest).
  • When you opt not to escrow your insurance and property tax payments, they can catch you by surprise.
  • Living in a house is more fun when someone else is around, too.
  • Mowing the lawn sucks, even when it's your own lawn.

I had more, but I forgot about this post until now. Add to it in comments!

2 comments:

Meghan said...

What kind of mower do you have? I love mowing the lawn!

eis271828 said...

@Meghan,
I have a Lawnboy hand-me-down from my parents. It's self-propelled, but I have to grease it up every few times, which I haven't done in quite a while because the grease gun is disgusting and broken. It also has trouble maintaining a consistent blade speed, which makes its noise annoying. I have plans to run it into the ground and then buy an electric mower. But, if you really love mowing the lawn, I wouldn't want to stand between you and a favorite pastime. You are welcome to mow mine any time. =)