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.
Thank you! It's been exciting for sure.