I can’t believe it has been a full year since we picked up the keys to our first home! It has been one of the best years of my life with us achieving as well as learning so much and I wouldn’t change a moment.
With it being a year I thought I would give a low down on things that have gone well, things that haven’t gone as well and everything in between;
Definitely the best thing about owning our own home is living together. Before we bought the house we lived in between both of our parents houses for 4 years which sometimes was like planning a military operation on where to sleep. By having our own space we have both grown up so much by having responsibilities and we are stronger as individuals as well as together a lot more now.
Our priorities have changed a lot over the year. Before we bought the house I was a bit obsessed with holidays and would always be looking for the next great deal. Since buying the house we haven’t had a holiday, and I’m now ok with that. Our house is where we spend majority of our time and so we have worked hard and spent our money on something that will benefit every single day of our lives. (Also we may have an amazing holiday booked for next year which you will find out about soon…)
Furniture/building/designing costs a lot! When we were saving I’ve always dreamt of being able to design my own home- big wooden table, open living, woodburner, lots of pictures on the walls etc etc. But when it actually comes to it, everything just costs so much. The other day I saw a cushion cover for £70! £70 whole pounds just for a cover! Obviously you can get cheaper furniture and furnishings and it is always worth shopping around. IKEA and Argos (they surprisingly have some good stuff!) have become our best friends
With our house not being a new build there has been a few things that have gone wrong ie a leak in the conservatory, washing machine breaking, boiler problems, leak in the kitchen, the list goes on. The main thing that I have learnt is to always have an emergency pot of money that can be used when problems arise. We have managed to find builders and plumbers that didn’t charge us the world which also helped but always double check their reviews where possible as you don’t want to be ripped off! Overall we have managed to fix most of the problems that have arisen which is a great way to end the year!
It has been stressful and disheartening at times but I honestly wouldn’t change any of it. We have learnt so much and are nearly at the stage of redesigning our kitchen and bedroom. We will probably start work on our bedroom first in the new year and then move onto the kitchen- I’m so excited!!
If you ever have any questions or need some advice about being a first time buyer then please don’t hesitate to ask- the more people I can help the better!
House Number 3 x