Let me just call a spade a spade. Even though I've been a homeowner for almost a couple of years, I still feel pretty clueless on what I'm doing.

Is it exciting a real good feeling of accomplishment to not only have a vision for something inside or outside of my home, and with my own hands (and usually the help of some instructional YouTube video), make it happen? Absolutely.

But for the most part, I still feel horribly clueless. And that couldn't have been more evident during a recent trip to a go-to home improvement store.

Google Maps / Photo by Oxana Melis on Unsplash
Google Maps / Photo by Oxana Melis on Unsplash
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Home Depot Londonderry NH

During a trip to New Hampshire for family time, I found myself at the nearest Home Depot to where I was saying, in Londonderry, New Hampshire, with my sights on completing my next, simple home project.

I had an incredible gutter company install some gutters on my house, but because of how my house was constructed, a downspout needed to be placed on the roof of my garage, which isn't that pitched, which means more often than not, water collects on there.

Photo by Ian Talmacs on Unsplash
Photo by Ian Talmacs on Unsplash
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So, I ended up in the gutter aisle of Home Depot looking for gutter extensions to attach to the downspout and try to make sure water doesn't trickle down the gutter, collect on my garage roof, eventually leak through, rot everything, create chaos and drain my bank account.

(Someone who is as paranoid as me probably isn't the best to be a homeowner, but I digress.)

After literally 15 minutes holding one set of gutter extensions in my hand, while staring at other ones, trying to lay out extensions on the ground to guesstimate how long my garage is, which type of extensions to get, and somehow hope I'd magically become a genius and know exactly what to do, you showed up 10 feet from me, random customer.

Oxana Melis
Oxana Melis
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Hey man, for what it's worth, those other low profile extensions you were holding in your hands for a while, I have those and they're fantastic. I love them and can't recommend them enough.

And literally, that's all I needed to hear. A clearly more experienced homeowner seeing a probably obvious newbie silently struggling, walking up to offer unsolicited advice in that "I'm not trying to be nosey or sound like a know-it-all, but you look like you could use some help and I have a tip for you" cautiously awkward tone.

Thank you, random genius homeowner customer dude. Because what might have seemed like an easy, second-nature solution to you, was quietly destroying my soul and making me question if I'm even mentally equipped and life skilled enough to own a house.

Photo by Oxana Melis on Unsplash
Photo by Oxana Melis on Unsplash
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Now go out today and be like random Home Depot customer guy, and if you see someone that looks like they're struggling a bit, just lend a helping word of advice. Not in a condescending know-it-all way, just in a "Hey bub, you look like you're trying to make a decision, this might help you."

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