It's hard to believe that exactly 2 years ago, the hubs and I were at the closing for our new house in the 'burbs. I remember sitting across a large conference table from the sellers, a young/middle age couple with 2 young children, feeling like I was about 12 years old about to cross the threshold to official adulthood. Frightening. Needless to say, we've learned A LOT over the past two years owning a single family home in the 'burbs. Just to name a few...
- Call all utility companies BEFORE you close on a property to put services into your name. This will eliminate any and all episodes of tears and pleading with the not-so-nice power company man to NOT shut off your power
- How to replace a thermostat
- Keep a plumber on speed-dial!
- The art of 'burb ettiqette
- A power washer is a super fun tool to use - who knew!?
- Living with a 1960's kitchen is OK. It's outdated, but fully functioning (knock on wood) and most importantly, ours.
- A little fresh paint goes a along way
- How to capture a vole that somehow ends up in your house
- What a pilot light is, how to re-light one and why you need one
- Weekends are full of housework and yardwork - and that's OK
- "Home is where your story begins" - so true!