10 Signs That You’re a New Homeowner

We have now officially owned our house for about 10 days, and we actually moved in a week ago today. There are still quite a few boxes sitting in the garage, but for the most part, we’re unpacked to the point that we can comfortably call this home. There’s only 1 room left that needs to be painted, and there’s no immediate work that needs to be done.

This is our first house, and it’s pretty obvious that we’re still in the honeymoon phase with it. Earlier today, I was cleaning the gutters, and I had the thought, “This is so awesome that I’m cleaning my own gutters!” It’s probably safe to say that’s not a normal sentiment. With that in mind, I decided to compile a list of the top signs that you are a new homeowner (feel free to read them with a Jeff Foxworthy voice if so desired). I’m sure this will make some of the seasoned owners out there chuckle.

  1. You get excited to clean your own gutters.
  2. You say, “Only 359 more payments, and this baby is mine!
  3. You get really excited when you’re carrying a bookshelf up the stairs and after scratching the wall, you realize that there’s no security deposit to lose.
  4. You quickly realize that you are now responsible for fixing the scratch that you just put in the wall.
  5. You find yourself skimming the newspaper and internet for any coupons for Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Ikea.
  6. You say things like, “Hey Baby, did you know that we have a coat closet?
  7. You think it’s charming that you live close enough to a baseball field that you can hear the Little League games long into the night.
  8. You actually hook up the bass speakers to your surround sound system since you no longer have to worry about someone complaining to your landlord.
  9. You take random pictures of blank walls to show family how awesome the new house is.
  10. You actually sit down to write a blog post about being a new homeowner.

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