07/30/2013 05:15 pm ET Updated Sep 29, 2013

7 Things New Homeowners Don't Know They Need To Do

Your first year as a homeowner is kind of like the first year of a marriage. There's the honeymoon phase, where the fact that you never have to pay rent again feels freaking awesome, but there are also a bunch of new responsibilities. You're building a foundation that will last for decades to come, and small decisions can have large effects on the rest of your life.

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