MY FIRST HOME
i’ve owned my home now for just over a year and it has been a serious learning curve filled with many highs and some lows. buying my first home entirely by myself and as a single woman was something i felt really proud about, but it was also a lot more challenging then i expected. i was suddenly the one responsible for all of the maintenance, landscaping and repairs and that can be a huge paaaain. today i partnered with esurance to share honest stories about both the highlights and challenges of owning my home because there are always two sides to every coin!
a real highlight is being able to decorate everything just the way i like it from the paint colors (like my pink front door that you can see in the top photo!), to the light fixtures and making it feel truly like my own safe space. i still have a lot of things on my list to do, but i am taking it slow and not rushing anything. i had always rented before moving here and never felt like i could really invest in my home since it wasn’t actually mine so this has been a really nice change for me.
i recently finished my patio and hosted a 50 person party for my best friend’s wedding reception (the photo above is before everyone arrived!). we all stayed out there singing and laughing and dancing until 3am and those are memories i will never forget. i love hosting parties so having a space to do it makes me super happy.
having a guest room that i can have friends sleepover in is also awesome. i am always telling my out of town friends to visit and stay with me. last year i hosted my family for thanksgiving for the first time, which felt very adult i must say. it’s so nice to be able to make traditions here, picking out a christmas tree for the living room, friend holiday dinners, tuesday tv nights, practicing cooking with my boyfriend, having a safe place for my animals. i love that my home truly feels like home.
but it’s not all happy feelings around here, there are a lot of annoyances too. there was the time my water pipeline got clogged 15 minutes before i was hosting a work event with 30 people and water was overflowing from all the showers and toilets. and then the plumber came and told me it would cost $1,000 and may not even fix the problem. talk about stressful! there’s bills you don’t expect – property tax increases, closing costs,…things really add UP! my dishwasher and oven have needed repairs, my window cracked in my bedroom. all things i didn’t have to manage when i was renting. i’ve had to create an entire new list of resources for everything from plumber, landscaper to electrician.
homeownership can be both rewarding and scary. it’s a lot of responsibility and that’s why i appreciate how committed esurance is to simplifying the process of homeowners insurance. they have an easy to use app and website where you can pay your bills, file a claim, or talk to someone about your policy. i’m thankful that i haven’t had to file a claim yet but i appreciate knowing that i’m covered just in case anything should happen. if you’re looking for home or auto insurance i encourage you to check them out at esurance.com. do you own a home, what has been the biggest lesson you’ve learned or the most exciting part of the process? i’m sure future home buyers will appreciate the advice, i know i would have!
photos by: designlovefest
(this blog post is sponsored by Esurance. from quote to claim, Esurance is working to help you make smarter, more efficient choices with your home and auto insurance. using state-of-the-art technology, they offer a seamless online and mobile experience along with intuitive tools that help take the hassle out of insurance.)