My fiancé and I just bought our first house in September and man, are we excited. I mean, it’s been over five months and some nights we still sit on the couch in awe of the place. The décor, the privacy, the silence, and the fact that it’s all ours. We still can’t believe it. With that being said, there are a few key things worth mentioning:
- The house shopping process is not fun. At all. I have never felt so anxious for so long. Over the course of three months (or more, it’s all a blur now – that happens with traumatic experiences), Will and I visited many, many homes. Realtor.com was my number one app. I couldn’t stop searching for ‘our’ home. Our realtor, and one of my best friends, Cindy was amazing and told us, ‘Be patient. Don’t settle,’ but that was easier said than done. We could not wait to find ‘our’ perfect place. We quickly learned that no place is perfect and it’s a competitive market place, so while you are deciding whether the house you just saw is perfect or not, someone else might come along and snag it before you can even blink. We fell in love with a few houses, put offers on a few more, and with every denial we felt defeated. Once the sellers finally accepted our offer on our current house we thought it was over, but it was only the beginning. This was then followed by three long months until closing.
- Mortgage payments. Paying the mortgage is no joke and obviously we all know and expect this before we buy a house but we don’t actually know what it’s like until we are there. It’s a huge bill plus all the utilities and other life things that we like to purchase. Not to mention, we have a whole new home to decorate. When you are buying a house, please, please, use a mortgage calculator (I had a great one thanks to my friend Joshua) and figure all this stuff out before signing the dotted line.
- Garbage pick-up schedules. Silly, but worth mentioning. I took this for granted when we lived with my mom. At my mom’s we had a magnet calendar that stuck on the fridge and gave us the full schedule for the year. I actually didn’t have to look at it because I didn’t take the garbage out anyway! My mom pretty much had that down. For whatever reason, I have not received a magnet from my new town (I love my town, don’t get me wrong) and I am utterly confused each week. I know the two days that garbage is collected but I cannot, for the life of me, figure out the recycle, bulk, green things, etc. schedules. Luckily, Will has been working on getting this down.
- Cleaning. When you live in a house, you can’t hide from the germs. Laundry, dishes, sweeping, dusting. It’s all you! Exhilarating, yet exhausting. We’ve managed to build it into our routine but it does take some getting used to.
- Privacy, peace, and beautiful quietness. OH MY GOD. Nothing makes me happier than coming home to a place where I can wear whatever I want and do whatever I want. I can leave dishes in the sink, I can lie on the couch all day (if my three year old allows), I can arrange the rooms whichever way I please. And, on the rare occasions when my fiancé and son are not home, the house is quiet and I can hear myself think. Ugh, I love it.
- Our dishwasher. I had to mention this. This sounds sad but I had never used a dishwasher until I moved into this house. We always had one but it was used to store things, never for its rightful purpose, and my god, were we missing out. This saves me so much time and it practically steams everything clean. I feel confident that my dishes are clean and disinfected, and I love it.
- Moving freaking SUCKS. I dread packing. I thought I was overreacting with this, but I wasn’t – it was that bad. Moving, packing, painting, everything. Horrible.
- Everyone adjusts, even my three-year old. We moved week of my son’s third birthday and I thought he would have a hard time adjusting to a new room and house. Surprisingly he adjusted very well and he loves his new home. We did use his same furniture in his new room for a few weeks and I think it helped. We love including him in building furniture and decorating – It definitely helps him feel like this is ‘his’ house too!
- Decorating. This is by far the best part of owning a new home but it doesn’t happen as fast as we’d like it to. Our walls are still empty in most rooms and it’s because decorating is actually quite expensive! Who knew. When considering all the other things we have to purchase for the house, décor ends up at the end of the list which is unfortunate because it definitely makes me the happiest. We have realized that we will need to go room by room until the house is done. With that said we have done some decorating (pictured here) and I can’t wait to finish!
Overall, we absolutely LOVE this homeowner thing and although it has been a bumpy ride we are settling in just fine. I will leave you with some pictures of our new home.
Visit target.com to find most of the decor used in my photos.