Ins and outs of buying a house

Published 7:00 am Saturday, July 30, 2016

There are many events in people’s lives that they remember for years. Getting married, the birth of a child, graduating from school and buying a home are all milestones.

Buying a house can be a stressful, but it’s also an exciting time. 

After the family determines how much home they can afford, it can take months to find the right one.

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I will admit, looking for the house that fit my budget was the toughest part. However, I enjoyed touring each and every home.

I eventually chose a fixer-upper so I could make it my own, which is one of the selling points to ownership. But that also means, at times, things need to be fixed.

Fortunately, the Internet can teach anyone how to fix almost anything. Personally, the results of my repairs have not always been professional grade; but they are functional and have saved me some money. 

At the same time, I’ve learned that there are times when a professional is required, such as when electrical, plumbing or air conditioning work is needed. 

One thing to keep in mind when considering buying a home is that homeowners no longer have the benefit of calling a landlord when something breaks, you are now the wholly responsible for repairs.  But, there’s a lot of freedom in owning your own home.

If you don’t like the color of the exterior, you can change it without permission. Want to add on space to provide more room for the growing family? 

If you have the cash or credit to back it up, then construction on the addition can start right away and will be built to your specifications.

So, if you are currently renting, and even remotely thinking about buying your own place, look into it. 

In the long run the benefits of homeownership can outweigh the short periods of stress.