So, my wife and I finally cleared the final hurdle in the purchase of our first home and will close in mid-October. I am 32 and have been ready for this for quite a while (meaning tired of not gaining equity), but the wife and I both still have a little lingering feeling of being unprepared in some regards. I'm sure this is normal to some degree. I'd like to think we are pretty smart people but the homebuying process has helped reinforce just how little I know about things like plumbing, circuitry, structural engineering, etc. My father didn't teach me this stuff, and my father-in-law is bringing me along whenever an opportunity presents itself. My wife and I know that there will always be something to do on the house, especially since we purchased a bungalow that was built in 1928 (recently remodeled, new roof, new electrical, etc. but still old as dirt).
So, this is where I ask the homeowners of the Huddle to give me their advice. I don't need advice about the buying process (we're through all that mess) but would appreciate any advice you have about being a smart homeowner - home maintenance, preventative maintenance, keeping those costs down, and generally speaking just little tips and crap that I've probably never even considered as things that I need to know as a homeowner.
And in the process of giving advice, please do your best to not scare the crap out of me! I feel like ever since we started this process my friends have all suddenly turned into "Don't do it, homeownership sucks, just keep renting!" mode.
Thanks in advance, Huddle.