3 Surprising Facts We Learned as First Time Home Buyers

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We just reached our two-year anniversary as first-time home buyers and yup, we sure did celebrate it. It’s honestly hard to believe that it has already been two wonderful years in our own home. And to think that two years ago, we never even anticipated to become home buyers. We were searching the market to become renters, not buyers. 


I remember our meeting with our realtor very clearly as we left that meeting feeling extremely overwhelmed by the fact that it just made more sense to buy our first home. 


Now two years down the road, we are extremely grateful we made this decision. But as a first time home owner, there were lots of little surprises we hadn’t anticipated.


So here, I’ll share the top three surprises we hadn’t realized would come with the territory. 


1) The endless amount of home renovation projects that would come


When we first started our home search process, we were obviously super excited. Therefore, when it came down to narrowing down our options, we overlooked some small home details. So shortly after moving into our new home, we realized that we had more work cut out for us.


Ever since we moved in, there has been non-stop DIY home projects, both big and small. In fact, we didn’t even move into our home right away. We took a whole week and painted some furniture and our son’s room. Oh and did I mention we also have a “man cave” upstairs that somehow became our storage? 😅


So yeah, the amount of home renovation projects seems endless, but we’re enjoying every single one of them and boy does it feel good once you are done.


2) How much home maintenance would be involved


Okay so of course we knew that moving into our own home would mean maintenance. However, we’re both working parents so no one is home the majority of the time so we thought it wouldn’t be so bad. But yeah, we were wrong… again!


Since we didn’t move into a brand new spankin home, we’ve had to fix our toilets a few times, replace our faucets and repair the AC, which was by far the most costly.


And now that I have transitioned into a more working from home model (meaning my son is also at home with me), there has definitely been an increase in the amount of home maintenance involved. Thankfully, the transition has been taken well by us all and at least the homemaking aspect has worked just fine. Find out 7 Productive Things To Do at Home While Working to help you always keep your home nice and tidy.


3) It’s not as hard as you think


Lastly, it’s honestly not as hard as you think. Remember when I said we left our initial meeting with our realtor feeling pretty overwhelmed? Yeah, we thought being first time home buyers was going to be hard work. But it’s really not. 


We’ve enjoyed living in our home these past two years and though this is not our forever home, we are definitely making the best of our time here. 


So from one first time home buyer to another, take the chance because you’ll love it. And because I know the pressure a mom feels on having to do it all, Cheers to Life Blogging can help you find a better balance between it all, to where you can still enjoy being a mom, a homemaker and a wife.


Cheers! 🥂


Comments (11)

Michael Wayne Jackson
Coldwell Banker - Novato, CA
Broker - Seniors Real Estate Specialist Novato

Congratulations on 2 years in your home!

Jul 08, 2020 08:21 PM
Lucy Reyes

Thank you! It's been exciting for sure.

Jul 08, 2020 08:33 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

A great 3 points and perspective. Congratulations. 

Jul 08, 2020 09:20 PM
Lucy Reyes

Thanks so much! 😄

Jul 09, 2020 11:16 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Jul 09, 2020 02:22 AM
Lucy Reyes

Thank you and you as well! 

Jul 09, 2020 11:17 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Welcome to the ActiveRain community. Congratulations on your first post.

Jul 09, 2020 03:29 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Lucy Reyes these are very valuable list of tips for first time home buyers.

Jul 09, 2020 03:31 PM
Lucy Reyes

Thank you so much John! 

Jul 09, 2020 10:05 PM
Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

Welcome to ActiveRain and congratulations on your first blog.  Congrats on the two year anniversary.  A great list of tips for first-time homebuyers. Based on your first post here in the rain, you will do excellent.  I'm looking forward to reading more of your post.  

Jul 10, 2020 08:59 AM
Lucy Reyes

Thank you so much! I only recently learned about this site and it's great to see so many supporting members. I really appreciate your kind words :) 

Jul 11, 2020 01:08 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Is that you and your family pictured?  Such a beautiful family!  The home buying process certainly will teach.  Welcome to ActiveRain, I look forward to reading more of your posts and I hope that you will check out some of mine too!

Jul 10, 2020 02:39 PM
Lucy Reyes

Yes it is my family, thank you so much! I definitely will take a look 👍🏻

Jul 11, 2020 01:09 PM
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing Frye Realty - Naples, FL
Naples Golf Guy | Find Your Dream Lifestyle

Good morning Lucy, congrats on your first post. Great tips for new homebuyers and what to expect. Welcome to ActiveRain. Enjoy your day.

Jul 13, 2020 05:34 AM
Lucy Reyes

Thank you so much! 

Jul 13, 2020 05:05 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lucy Reyes welcome to ActiveRain, and congratulations on successfully posting your first blog on this site.

Aug 02, 2020 10:35 AM
Lucy Reyes

Thank you so much!

Aug 06, 2020 12:01 PM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Congratulations on your first ActiveRain post and welcome.  Great ideas for first-time homebuyers to consider.  

Aug 09, 2020 06:41 AM
Lucy Reyes

Thank you so much Shirley!

Aug 09, 2020 10:49 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Working with Buyers is the exciting part of selling real estate  ! It’s fulfilling to see ( and help) people obtain their first home 

Oct 19, 2020 04:42 AM