This is the first spring, in my first house that I bought and it feels like I've been unwrapping little presents in my yard every day when I go outside in the morning. There seems to always be something new blooming! I've always had a green thumb, but I cant take credit for planting any of these, they all just came up, on their own, with the warmth! I've been sharing the photos every day on Twitter @RadioGirlB - Here is what it looks like, walking out to my garden every day.
15 days until I move into my new home. I'm so excited for this next chapter in my life, being a home owner! Excited and nervous, new experiences always come with a new set of challenges and silly me, I bought a house in the winter! For my sake, keep your fingers crossed snow doesn't arrive until next year. *Meh, probably jinxing it.
Its crazy to think, I spent the most amount of money in my life, on something I looked at for maybe a half hour...
YEAH, HALF A FUCKING HOUR.
I remember times I've contemplated an $80 pair of shoes for more than a week. But hundreds and thousands of dollars... BAM.
And I'm not talking about the paperwork process. That part is looooong and tedious. I got a lot of practice doing my signature, which I realize needs some improvement. My handwriting on the paperwork makes it looks like a 5 year old bought a house.
The actual time you spend LOOKING at houses is different!
I saw over 20, spending about a half hour to an hour at each. There were a few that I knew right away weren't for me and I just walked out, but you have to understand.... you will never find THE PERFECT HOME.
You will always have to sacrifice something for another. My challenge was finding a cheap starter home that had renovations I could do, mostly on my own and I was happy living anywhere OTHER than Welland (Nothing personal Welland, just too close to family - Srsly, it has nothing to do with the smell)
The first house I offered on, I lost to another bidder. HEART BROKEN AND DISCOURAGED! But that didn't stop my search. It took me about a month, but I ended up with one of the first houses I looked at online (of course) and it couldn't be ANY MORE PREFECT!
It has some different qualities about it, a few weird ones too. Custom glass light fixtures through out the house, some interesting feature wallpaper that I haven't decided to keep or not... A wood stove in the living room to remind me of living in an RV. Awesome, I know.
Here's one of the weirder qualities... Bidet. Uhh yeah, in the bathroom.... There's a Bidet. I can't say I've ever had such a messy poop I needed to shower afterwards, that's essentially what a bidet is, right? For a super clean bum? Or is it to eliminate toiler paper? I guess I'm about to find out, after I give it a thorough sanitation first. New experiences, right?
Do you have any advice/tips on being a first time home owner? Things that are a MUST HAVE for my home, to buy?
Holy shit, what a process eh! I'm in the midst of it right now, and Ive never been so excited! Buying a house has been a personal goal of mine for a long time. Don't get me wrong, I could live out of an RV forever, but Canadian winters are not so kind, and It's not an easy way to live with Ferrets.
The market right now in Southern Ontario is a sellers market, not a buyers. Which means its IMPOSSIBLE to find a cute house for a decent price that doesn't get snatched up immediately.
I was surprised how much of an emotional roller coaster house hunting turned out to be. Just because you fall in love with a house, doesn't mean it HAS TO be yours. The first house I fell in love with, I didn't even put an offer on because of all the "cons" on my list at the end of the house viewing. EVEN THOUGH THE HOUSE WAS AS CUTE AS A BUTTON.
I must have looked at 20 houses... put an offer in on one, didn't get it. Felt discouraged but started the process all over again.
The biggest challenge was keeping an open mind. No matter where I end up, I'm going to make it my own... so finding a place with the small details that are important to me is key. Good backyard, a bedroom for Ferrets, and a really nice kitchen. Enough room for me to grow, and close enough to work.
Hopefully what I end up with, meets all that and goes above and beyond. We'll have to wait and see what happens!
Have you ever bought a house? What were the things about your first house that made it great/not so great? What would you tell a first time home buyer?