June 2018 - The Life You Love

Tips For Buying Your First House + Our 1st House!

Buying a house has been one of the most frustrating, yet exciting, things that Paul and I have done so far.  We had to figure out what we wanted in a house both as individuals and as a couple.  We wanted to figure out what best fit our current needs, but might also be able to keep up with any changes in the next 5-10 years.  We ended up in a totally different area (and technically city) than we expected.  And as cliche as it is, when we walked into this house, we knew that it had to be our home.  After a couple weeks of unpacking and moving, we're finally at a point where I feel like this is OUR home and I'm excited to be able to share more pictures of how we decorate the house, especially for the holidays!

make a list of what you want, need, and could live without or don't want

First of all, how are you supposed to know which house if right for you if you don't know what you're looking for?!  Same goes for the neighborhood or land where you'll live.  And knowing what you want and what you don't want will help you stay unswayed by anyone else's opinions.  Several people are going to have opinions about what they think your house should have or shouldn't have, where it should be, what kind of floors you want, but guess what...

this is your house so take other people's opinions with a grain of salt

Of course, you want to hear opinions and you want to ask people about their experiences.  But at the end of the day, this is where YOU have to live!  I was probably too stubborn because I pretty much ignored everyone's opinions because I was so blindsided by what I thought I wanted.  Don't be that extreme.

do keep an open mind

I know my first point was to figure out what you want and my second point was to stick to what you want, but of course you also need to be a little open-minded.  What you may picture for your house may be totally different than what you actually like in person.  Maybe an area isn't as special as you hoped.  Or maybe you'll realize that you actually do like something that you swore you'd never have in your house.

take videos and pictures of each house you tour

This was one of the most helpful things I did while we looked at houses.  The videos and photos online tend to be either a) crappy and unflattering or b) heavily staged and edited.  Taking photos will help you not only remember certain details of a house, but it's also incredibly helpful in planning where your furniture will go.  It's nice to have an idea of where you want things before you go so you aren't moving the same piece of furniture around over and over.