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8 Things That’ll Ruin Your New Homeowner Honeymoon

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09.15.14

When it comes to buying a home, here’s a nice theoretical order of things:

  1. Closed on a house.
  2. Popped a bottle of champagne.
  3. Moved in.
  4. Lived happily ever after and nothing ever went wrong again.

Problem is, #4 is just a wee-bit fictitious. There are going to be annoying things in any home – it’s simply part of being a homeowner. How can you cope? At least take solace that you’re not alone! 

Here are a few common home-owning downers that we can all relate to:

1. You skimped on the bubble wrap. Your movers skimped on caution. The dishes you received as a wedding gift are now broken. 

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2. Your basement smells like a wet sock.

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3. You see a mouse for the first time scurrying across the kitchen floor like a rodent-invader of doom.

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4. A train rolls by your house every night at exactly 11:15 PM and toots its horn like Thomas the Tank Engine. This wakes you up. Every. Night. (These tips may help you sleep.)

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5. The hot water faucet in your shower goes from arctic blast to scalding hot in the space of a millimeter. You’ll need surgeon-level coordination to get the perfect temperature going each morning. Eventually, you just get used to minor burns. 

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6. The cable jack is three rooms away from the place you actually want to watch TV. It’s gonna take a drill and some serious cordage to get this right. 

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7. Your central A/C system creaks and squeaks a lot in the night. You become 95 percent sure you’ve moved into a haunted house. 

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8. You meet your neighbors and they’re just a little…off. 

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