WARNING: This Might Disgust You

Of all the things I tried to prepare myself for in owning my first home, nothing could have prepared me for the horror I’ve seen. On the morning of August 25th, a typical weekday, as I took my normal morning shower before work I noticed water pooling around my ankles. Frustrated, I knew this was […]

Insurance Claims From Hail

Hey friends!  So, in the last few months, all hail broke loose!  Okay, now that I got the cheesy jokes out, let’s talk insurance!  On May 16th, 2010, Oklahoma City was struck suddenly with a large and violent hail storm.  My little house, (and my car) took a beating.  The hail came down the size […]

DIY Tile * Can-Do Attitude, Naïve Optimism, Tight Budget

When I bought my house all of seven months ago, the previous owners were offering a flooring credit, which I didn’t take. I figured I’d just do the carpet in the den, tile in the laundry and refinish the hardwoods all myself. Boy was I naïve. When I priced carpet for the den I thought […]

Making Your Lawn Happy and Ready for Spring

With Spring being ever so close, I’ve begun thinking about what to do for my lawn. Currently, it looks pretty sad. The house at the end of my street appears to be in full bloom with lots of bright yellow daffodils and a green lawn greeting me as I turn onto my street. I might […]

Transitioning From Roommate to Landlord

So, I’m 5 months into homeownership and my “To Do” list has somehow expanded as quickly as waistlines in the winter. I’ve had to learn to be realistic and learn to “trim the fat,” so to speak. Having been spoiled for years as a renter, I’m now realizing that changing the air filter, seasonal pest […]

What the Heck is a Homestead Exemption?

I was driving down the road the other day with a friend of mine when I had one of my sudden, spastic “Oh crap, I forgot to…” moments.  It’s usually a quasi-voluntary reaction that often comes without explanation to those around.  This generally contributes to the hypothesis that I’m crazy.  Anyway, enough about my eccentricities, […]

How Not to Create a Money Pit

So as a first time homeowner, I have been learning how much things really cost. When I bought my home just a couple of months ago, I had this grandiose plan to gut the kitchen and put in granite countertops and all new appliances. I also planned to eventually put in new windows throughout the […]

Adventures in Home-Ownership

As you’re reading this I’ve been in my new house somewhere in the neighborhood of six weeks, and well, the honeymoon is over.  I’ve made quite a few changes, including: peeling enough layers of wallpaper to cover the White House, re-texturing the walls, painting every room, replacing nearly every single light fixture, installing a new […]

How-To From a New Homeowner

Thanks to the first-time home buyer tax credit, first-timers everywhere are clamoring to get their closing date set before the November 30th deadline. As a first-time home buyer, the buying process was a big enough stressor for me, but actually filing for the credit can seem almost as confusing as understanding all those closing documents. […]