Buying a home that needs a little love is certainly a baptism by fire into homeownship. Suddenly, I feel like a project manager as I subcontract out the various projects that need to happen on the house.

Yesterday, when I drove by my new house (I do that about every day, just to check on things), I noticed that the new roof is complete, and it is beautiful. Driftwood certainly was the way to go. And if I’m not mistaken, it looks like the roofers may have even cleaned my gutters while they were up there (a big relief since I don’t have a ladder yet).
Last week, I spent hours on the phone arranging for utilities, getting estimates on new garage doors, scheduling a heating and cooling service, etc. I may have to mow the lawn for the first time the day I move in, as the current owners seem to have discontinued the lawn service a week ago. And now I’m wondering if I need to have all the locks on the house changed out. (I just thought of that as I was drifting off to sleep the other night.) Is this a standard procedure when you buy a home, kind of like changing all the toilet seats?

Remind me, please, since I am just four days away from closing, what are the benefits of home ownership? I’m not having buyer’s remorse, just sitting here in a sea of boxes needing a little encouragement.