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WHAT MAKES OWNING YOUR OWN HOME SPECIAL

Are you one of the lucky people who own your own home? If so, what makes owning your own home special? According to the Estate Agents, it is location, location, location.

MAKING IT YOUR OWN

When money is tight, buy the smallest house in the best location. If you can get one with a view like the one in this post, all the better. There will always be time to build on later, design a garden and make it into your dream home.

It can take some time to earn enough to get the money available and also having the backing to obtain a Home Loan before one can purchase a home but it is so worthwhile.

There are so many good reasons to purchase your own home and it makes it all the more important that once you have done so, that you keep it in good repair.

PURCHASING A “FIXER UPPER”

There is nothing wrong with starting off by purchasing what is termed a “Fixer Upper” which will mean that it needs a fair amount of work done to the house to make it as you want it.

The best advice I can give is to find a reputable company like Westchase Roofing to help with the repairs otherwise you might be caught as we once were.  We purchased an old house with a pitched roof which leaked rather a lot and after getting quotes we did a very silly thing and went with one of the cheapest ones.

All went well for a number of years until we had a huge storm, it rained for a number of days and the roof began to leak rather alarmingly.

What a relief when the rain eventually let up and we had someone to look at the roof to see why it leaked so badly. We found that the original repairman had just put buckets up in the ceiling to catch any rain.

Usually, the rainfall was not quite so heavy and the sun would dry up what rain had collected, so we were quite unaware of the “repair work” done by the first person.

Rather cheeky, we could not fault him for his ingenuity but we also could not recommend him to anyone else either.

THE WONDERFUL FEELING OF ACHIEVEMENT

Once you have purchased your own home and begun the work of making it as you want it to be, whether you do the work yourself or get someone well qualified in to do it for you, it gives one such a fantastic feeling of achievement.

There is also the outside of the house to put to rights and for me, personally designing and planting up a garden is so rewarding.

THE NEXT STEP

Once you have your home and garden looking really good, you can take the next step and either rent it out and purchase another and begin again. The things you have learned by fixing up one home will help you with the next one. By renting out the first house or selling it will enable you to move up the property ladder.

Of course, if you have fallen in love with the first house and don’t want to go through the process again, stay and enjoy the rewards of your hard work.

Jill du Preez

Creative Entrepreneur ● Seamstress | Quilter | Artist | Published Author | Creative Promoter of Emerging Artists

10 Comments

  1. Nice article on what makes owning a home special. As a former real estate agent, I wholeheartedly agree with your statement about purchasing in a good neighborhood. Better to buy the worst house in a good neighborhood, than a great house in a bad one. I also agree that buying a fixer and doing the work can be rewarding. Tom

    • Hi Tom, You must have had heaps of experience when viewing the homes that were to be sold too. I worked so hard on my home before I sold it and it went to the first buyer and it was mostly the garden they fell in love with. It sold on the first day and for the price I asked. Lucky me.

  2. HI
    What an interesting story about the buckets! LOL
    Thanks for the suggestions about the process of buying and fixing up a home. I agree that location is so important. I also like that you talked about planting a garden. I love gardens and they can really make a house fell like a true home!
    I hope you have an awesome day!
    Angela

  3. Hi Jill – I can’t believe someone would do that with the buckets! Life is full of surprises….The first home we bought had once been a butcher’s shop with a residence at the rear so there were many surprises to be found once we started to renovate – including hooks and rollers, troughs in the back yard – the floor boards turned out to be absolutely gorgeous and also original fireplaces that had been walled up. We made a beautiful garden with many flowers, and an apricot frangipani – plus a stunning bougainvillea that tumbled over the brick walls that enclosed the back yard. Our greatest expense was the electrics as in the roof was the original indian rubber wiring from about 1920 – we had to redo all that for safety! It’s important for people to know when they buy their first home that they will need to leave some money aside for the unseen repairs that they can’t fix themselves. Your photo looks like Hawaii? Love it there. Thanks for your post!

  4. Hi Jill, as a home owner and DIY sometimes specialist and sometimes not so specialist, I enjoyed this post. I strongly believe that things such as your roofing should be left to the experts, and thank you for sharing your recommendations with us. Yes location is everything, thank you again, I love your website. Denise

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