7 surprises of home ownership

The to-do list will never end

There will always — always — be something to do. And that's beyond your basic dream list of renovations.

Because something will always break when you least expect it, maintenance needs to be done on a regular basis. The lawn will always need to be cut when spring comes around again. And if you're in the home long enough, the colors you painted the rooms when you first moved in will become dated and need to be redone, or that brand-new washer/dryer will stop acting so brand new.

But that's the price we pay for owning a home. If you get fed up, remind yourself of your mortgage interest tax deduction and that owning a home is a long-term way to build up equity instead of throwing money away on rent.

And that you can paint the walls any color you want.

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