Wow, time has flown by. Today is an anniversary of sorts for me. I bought my first house on this day in 2011. I have a love/hate relationship with my house. But being my first house, it’s understandable. It’s an older house that I’ve had to make updates, some planned, like central heat and air, and some unplanned, like all new plumbing. But it’s a work in progress.
When you buy a house, whether it’s an older house or brand new, you’ll have a love/hate relationship with it. With an older home, hopefully you know before getting into it, it’ll need something updated. It could be the simplest thing like carpet or paint. But it also could be something more like new wiring for electricity, windows, a new water heater, or all new plumbing.
With a new home, there is always something that needs to be changed unless you built it from the ground up, but even then, within a few years, you’ll want to update or change something. It could be the floors, paint on the walls, or maybe you want to add an addition like a sun room, a deck, or a pool. Maybe you’ll want to add new landscaping. It’s always something.
The experts say that on a average, people will buy between 4 to 6 homes in their lifetime. From the starter home, to family home, to the empty-nester. I guess I’m on my starter home. I do dream of having a bigger home. Yep, even if it’s just for me and my dogs. A bigger home would be nice because my current house has no storage, and no garage. And, I would love to have a walk-in closet and an ensuite bathroom as well.
I guess once you’ve lived in a house for several years, unless you absolutely love the house and location, you start to think about moving. Also, you think can you afford a new house, would it be better to make the changes in your current home, can you add on, can you add that pool, or garage/shop?
I’ve known people looking for their first home and it took them looking at over 50 to finally find it. Some people loved their home so much that they built a bigger version of it somewhere. The ideas are endless. We want what our hearts want. It’s our home, where the memories are made and where you’ll see time flying by.
Speaking of time flying by, this weekend is my 30th class reunion. Caprock Longhorns welcome back.