When preparing to buy your first home there is so much information that goes in one ear and out the other. At least, that was our experience when we bought our first home at 20 years old last April. I throw age in because age has a lot to do with our experiences. We thought it was great to buy a home but truthfully we didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into.
In the last year we have spent thousands of dollars trying to turn our house into a home. We have so much stuff we want to do to make it ours; we aren’t quite there just yet. However, I am a firm believer in the saying “patience is a virtue” and “good things come to those who wait”. In our case, it feels like getting everything done is taking foreeeever.
For one, we have three dogs and a new kitten. We love them, but there has been so much stuff we have had to fix! For example, Great Dane created a nice head-sized dent in our wall from running. It wasn’t too bad, but we did spend a ton of money to paint our whole house when we bought it. In the past month, we have replaced a door, bought new furniture, and have about one single wall that is perfect in our home. But that’s what it is… our home. Ah, the fresh feeling of it being ours.
The truth is, we weren’t fully prepared when we bought our house. In fact, we actually did everything backwards. We fell in love with a house before we even got pre-approved (definitely won’t be going that route again). In the past year and a half, we have learned so much. We’ve learned that deciding you no longer want your pool means that your yard will be completely flooded for days upon days, we’ve learned that fireworks don’t mix well with neighbor’s houses, and we have learned that sometimes you need to understand that things take time. It’s not about how fast you get something done, just that you get it done.
Our projects since we’ve moved in include the following:
- new blinds and curtains throughout
- bathroom decorations (simple, but previously there wasn’t even a toilet paper holder)
- getting new insulation put in the attic
- building a fence around our yard
- taking our pool down
Our house is my favorite, simply because it is ours. We may have a long way to go, but we have put work in to get it to where we are. Here you’ll see our amazing kitchen (aka where all the magic happens). Truthfully, this is the reason we bought our house! 🙂
Next, our singular wall that is complete and how we want it.. and yes I am being serious.
Throughout the time we have spent here we have learned a lot about what we won’t do next time around, and what we won’t compromise on. We understand more by our own experiences. Buying our house was an extremely stressful process, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.