We have been homeowners for almost 8 months! We thought we would reflect on the process since we have spent over a half of a year in our home. We bought our first home in August, and we couldn't be more excited about it. It was kind of crazy and happened pretty quickly, but the process was fun, in a unique, frustrating, bang-your-head-against-the-wall kinda way. (Honestly, the whole process wasn't nearly as bad as people make it seem.)
If you didn't know, we had been living in an apartment for a little over 2 years. We loved everything about our apartment and it treated us well, but it was time to plant more permanent roots. Now that we've finally made the leap to owning a home, we've had the time to look back on the experience. There are a couple of things that we've realized we had no idea about, and we wished someone would have told us before we started.
You Don't Have Time to Think
The housing market in every area is different and no matter where you live, the market is going to change constantly. We didn't realize exactly how quickly you have to move and make a decision. We asked about a dozen homes that had only been on the market for a day, and they were already sold. Most of the homes that we looked at were barely on the market for 24 hours before they got their first offer. That means that when you find a home that you like, you've got to move quickly. VERY quickly.
The problem with having to move so fast is that YOU'RE TRYING TO BUY A HOME! It's one of the biggest decisions that you've made up until this point (aside from the whole marriage thing), and you don't even have a day or two to mull it over. Basically, after you've seen the ins and outs of the home, you hop in the car, say "Whatcha think?" and then decide if you want to put in an offer. IT'S MADNESS!
There Will Be A lot of Doubt
Here comes the fun part. As soon as you put in an offer on a home, the doubt starts to creep in. You think, "What in the world am I doing?!" Throughout the whole process, you're extremely excited and terrified at the same time. You wonder if you picked the right house, if you paid too much for it, if it was built on an ancient Native American (politically correct) burial ground. There are a thousand different scenarios and doubts that are going to run through your mind. Katie woke up the next morning crying because she was so worried about the "what ifs". After much prayer and a day for the emotions to calm down, the excitement happened!
You'll See Some Ugly Homes
If you're anything like us, you're going to spend a lot of time on the Internet searching through house websites. We looked for 6-9 months, and some weeks we looked every night and several times during the day. We sent links back and forth to each other of possible homes. It was our marriage mission to find a home, and we were dedicated.
Because we looked through hundreds of different listings, we saw a lot, and I mean A LOT of ugly houses. Everyone says how exciting it is to look for a new home, but nobody mentions how many houses there are that are so terrifying. There were several listing that we checked out, that we just screamed "KILL IT WITH FIRE!" and tried to close the page as quickly as possible.
Sure, you shouldn't judge a house by it's wood paneling, exposed wires, and 70s interior, but we are almost confident that we saw the homes of several serial killers.
Now, it's been almost 6 months, and we've spent A LOT of time fixing some of the small things. We look back at the adventures of buying a home, and it was worth of second of it.
If you like this Marriage Monday, try reading some of our others - don't worry, not all fo them have wood paneling!