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I don't normally do this, as you've all noticed, but as I was cleaning out my "reference" shelf in the office, I grabbed this book again to re-read. It is The Virgin Homeowner: The Essential Guide to Owning, Maintaining and Surviving Your Home by Janice Papolos.

And I have to tell you, this book saved my sanity. I started reading it when we purchased our first apartment in 2006, knowing a lot of things in the book are not applicable, but still good general knowledge to have. Then, when we were buying this House, I read it again, this time notebook and pen in hand. I made sure to make notes in the book, in the notebook, asked appropriate questions of our suppliers, contractors, etc. Honestly, it has made for a much easier transition than it would normally been, especially with a toddler and a newborn in the House. I don't remember having any fear of the House or panic attacks when things wouldn't work. And for a new mother and a new house owner, that is very good.

So, if you have a chance, and time, please check it out. It is written in plain language and no doubt you have lived through at least one, if not all, of the things she writes about. And it's funny too.


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